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Thanks to Cigus Vanni who compiled this stunning list of US colleges offering Early decision plans. As he said, “Distribution trumps attribution.” The Collegeboard explains that “Early decision plans are binding — a student who is accepted as an ED applicant must attend the college.”

 

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN THE UNITED STATES WITH BINDING EARLY DECISION ADMISSION PLANS

 

[last modified July 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM]

 

ARIZONA

 

            Prescott College

 

CALIFORNIA

 

         Biola University [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

         California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo

            Claremont McKenna College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Harvey Mudd College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Occidental College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Pitzer College

            Pomona College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Santa Clara University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Scripps College [also supports an ED II plan]

            University of San Francisco [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

COLORADO

 

         Colorado College [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

 

CONNECTICUT

 

         Connecticut College [also supports an ED II plan]

         Fairfield University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Mitchell College

            Quinnipiac University

            Sacred Heart University

            Trinity College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Wesleyan University [also supports an ED II plan]

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

 

            American University [also supports an ED II plan]

            George Washington University [also supports an ED II plan]

 

FLORIDA

 

         Flagler College

            Florida Southern College

            Rollins College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Stetson University

            University of Miami [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

 

GEORGIA

 

         Emory University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Georgia Southwestern State University

            Morehouse College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Oxford College of Emory University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Spelman College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Wesleyan College [also supports an ED II plan]

           

ILLINOIS

 

            Lake Forest College [also supports an Early Action plan and

an ED II plan]

Moody Bible Institute

            Northwestern University

            Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing

            Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences

 

INDIANA

 

            DePauw University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Earlham College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Saint Mary’s College

            Wabash College [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

IOWA

 

            Cornell College [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

            Grinnell College [also supports an ED II plan]

 

KENTUCKY

 

            Centre College [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

            Georgetown College [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

MAINE

 

         Bates College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Bowdoin College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Colby College [also supports an ED II plan]

            College of the Atlantic [also supports an ED II plan]

            Maine Maritime Academy

 

MARYLAND

 

         Goucher College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Hood College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Johns Hopkins University

            Maryland Institute College of Art

Saint Mary’s College of Maryland [also supports an ED II plan]

Salisbury University [also supports an ED II plan and

an Early Action plan]

University of Baltimore

            Washington College [also supports an Early Action plan and

an ED II plan]

 

MASSACHUSETTS

 

         Amherst College

            Babson College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Bentley University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Boston University

            Brandeis University [also supports an ED II plan]

            College of the Holy Cross

            Gordon College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Hampshire College [also supports an Early Acton plan

and an ED II plan]

            Merrimack College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Mount Holyoke College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Northeastern University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Smith College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Springfield College

            Stonehill College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Tufts University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Wellesley College

            Wheaton College [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

            Williams College

 

MICHIGAN

 

         Hillsdale College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Kalamazoo College [also supports an Early Action plan

and an ED II plan]

 

 

 

MINNESOTA

 

         Carleton College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Macalester College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Saint Olaf College [also supports an ED II plan]

 

MISSISSIPPI

 

            Mississippi College

 

MISSOURI

 

         Cox College

         Stephens College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Washington University in Saint Louis

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

         Dartmouth College

 

NEW JERSEY

 

            Drew University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Stevens Institute of Technology [also supports an ED II plan]

            The College of New Jersey

 

NEW YORK

 

         Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

            Alfred University

            Barnard College

            Clarkson University

            Colgate University [also supports an ED II plan]

            College of New Rochelle

            Columbia University

            Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

            Cornell University

            Elmira College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Eugene Lang College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Five Towns College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Hamilton College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Hartwick College

            Hobart and William Smith Colleges [also supports an ED II plan]

            Ithaca College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Jewish Theological Seminary of America [also supports an ED II plan]

            Manhattan College

            Manhattanville College

            Maria College

            Marist College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Nazareth College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            New York University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Polytechnic Institute of New York University

            Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute [also supports an ED II plan]

            Rochester Institute of Technology

            Saint John Fisher College

            Saint Lawrence University

            Sarah Lawrence College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Siena College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Skidmore College [also supports an ED II plan]

            State University of New York (SUNY) College at Buffalo

            SUNY College at Fredonia

            SUNY College at Geneseo

            SUNY College at Old Westbury

            SUNY College at Oswego

            SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

            SUNY Maritime College

            SUNY University at Buffalo

            Syracuse University

            Union College [also supports an ED II plan]

            University of Rochester

            Vassar College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Wagner College

            Webb Institute of Naval Architecture

            Wells College [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

NORTH CAROLINA

 

            Davidson College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Duke University

         Elon University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            High Point University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Meredith College

            Piedmont International University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Wake Forest University

            Warren Wilson College

 

OHIO

 

            Case Western Reserve University [also supports an Early Action plan  

                                                                                    and an ED II plan]

            College of Wooster [also supports an Early Action plan

and an ED II plan]

            Denison University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Kenyon College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Miami University of Ohio [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Oberlin College and Conservatory [also supports an ED II plan]

            Ohio Wesleyan University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Wittenberg University [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

OREGON

 

         Reed College [also supports an ED II plan]

 

PENNSYLVANIA

 

         Allegheny College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Bryn Mawr College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Bucknell University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Carnegie Mellon University [also supports an ED II plan]

         Dickinson College [also supports an ED II plan and

an Early Action plan]

Duquesne University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Franklin and Marshall College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Gettysburg College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Grove City College

            Haverford College

            Juniata College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Lafayette College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Lehigh University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Moravian College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Muhlenberg College

            Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

            Susquehanna University [also supports a restrictive Early Action plan]

            Swarthmore College [also supports an ED II plan]

            University of Pennsylvania

            Ursinus College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Washington and Jefferson College [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

PUERTO RICO

 

         University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo

 

RHODE ISLAND

 

         Brown University

Bryant University [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

Providence College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Rhode Island School of Design

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

 

            Furman University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Presbyterian College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Wofford College [also supports an Early Action plan]

           

TENNESSEE

 

            Rhodes College [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

            University of The South [also supports an ED II plan and

an Early Action plan]

            Vanderbilt University [also supports an ED II plan]

 

TEXAS

 

         Rice University

            Southern Methodist University [also supports an Early Action plan

                                                                        and an ED II plan]

            Texas Christian University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Trinity University [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

           

 

VERMONT

 

         Bennington College [also supports an Early Action plan

and an ED II plan]

            Champlain College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Marlboro College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Middlebury College [also supports an ED II plan]

 

VIRGINIA

 

            Christopher Newport University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            College of William and Mary

            Hampden-Sydney College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Hollins University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Lynchburg College

            Roanoke College

            University of Richmond [also supports an ED II plan]

            Virginia Intermont College

            Virginia Military Institute

            Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

            Washington and Lee University [also supports an ED II plan]

           

WASHINGTON

 

         University of Puget Sound [also supports an ED II plan]

            Whitman College [also supports an ED II plan]

 

 

WISCONSIN

 

            Beloit College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Lawrence University [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

 

 

            This list was compiled by Cigus Vanni, a member of the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling Executive Board and former member of the NACAC Professional Development Committee (2007-2010).  Sources consulted included The College Handbook, 2015 by the College Board; individual college websites; the College Board Common Data Set; and various college admissions offices by telephone.  As is the case with all aspects of college admission, use lists as guides and be certain to double check with individual admissions offices

           

 

 

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Rankings are the bane of most college counselors existance. Most of us understand why people use them, but wish more people would look under the hood at the methodology or at least take a closer look with a healthy dose of skeptism. Unofrtunately, when major news outlets like USA Today publish nonse like this top 10 business schools, we have moved further away from the informed consumer. Partnering with College Factual, USA Today aims to provide  ”a list of the top 10 U.S. business schools to help you narrow down your college search — the first step to possibly becoming the next Warren Buffett (who studied at the University of Pennsylvania, among others).”  The only problem? The list is full of nonsense. 

 

USA Today/College Factual

1. University of Pennsylvania

2. Bentley University

3. University of California-Berkeley

4. United States Military Academy

5. United States Air Force Academy

6. Georgetown University

7. University of Southern California

8. Bucknell University

9. Washington and Lee University.

10. Bryant University

Niether the airforce academy nor Westpoint offer business. Berkeley offers a wonderful business program but it does not start until thrid year. Consider their list compared against USNEWS and Business week:

 

USA Today/College Factual

Business Week

US News

1. University of Pennsylvania

University of Notre Dame

Mendoza College of Business

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

 

2. Bentley University

University of Virginia

McIntire School of Commerce

#2

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

#2

University of California–Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

#2

University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

3. University of California-Berkeley

Cornell University

Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management

 

4. United States Military Academy

Boston College

Carroll School of Management

 

5. United States Air Force Academy

Washington University, St. Louis

Olin Business School

#5

New York University

New York, NY

#5

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

#7

University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

6. Georgetown University

University of Texas, Austin

McCombs School of Business

 

7. University of Southern California

University of Pennsylvania

The Wharton School

 

8. Bucknell University

Indiana University

Kelley School of Business

#8

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

#8

University of Texas–Austin

Austin, TX

 

9. Washington and Lee University.

Emory University

Goizueta Business School

 

10. Bryant University

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Kenan-Flagler Business School

#10

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

#10

Indiana University–Bloomington

Bloomington, IN

#10

University of Notre Dame

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88% 
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88% 
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87% 
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87% 
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87% 
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87% 
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