The US News and Reports released this new short list the top “10 Colleges Where Early Applicants Are More Likely to Get In” on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 just as the colleges and universities are sending out their offers of admission. These universities or colleges have all over 80 percent acceptance rates for student applying for their early decision or action for undergraduate programs. This year the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma accepts almost all of the applicants for early admission, a whopping 98.5 percent of applicants. While a majority of schools are more selective in early admission process, these schools reward student for making their school their first choice.
Early decision is binding, meaning a student who applies and then is accepted is required to attend the university or college, while early action is non-binding, a student can be accepted and then decide against going to that particular school and can turn down their admission offer. Applying early is not without its risks either, some schools have policies where if a student is rejected in the early admission cycle, cannot reapply for regular admission however, some universities who do not accept students that applied for early admission, automatically consider them for regular admission. Knowing the schools with the highest acceptance rates can make the application process more rewarding. Still, students applying early and are rejected still have enough time to apply to more schools for their regular admissions.
Most of these universities or colleges are not the top universities in the US News “Best Colleges” national rankings, neither are these universities and colleges have the highest names recognition and reputations. The mere fact however, that applying to their early admission program is almost guaranteed acceptance is enough to attract many high school students who would like to leave the whole college admission stress behind them early and enjoy the rest of their senior year.
The University of Tulsa topped the list in both 2012 and 2013 admission seasons. In the fall of 2013, they accepted 98.5 percent of their students, but only admitted 30.1 percent of applicants during the regular admission cycle. At second place is High Point University in North Carolina, they accept 93.4 percent of early applicants, but only 41.4 percent of regular applicants. Rounding out the top three is Kalamazoo College in Michigan, which accepts 92.8 percent of early applicants, and 47.9 percent of its regular applicants. At number four is Emmanuel College in Massachusetts that accepts 88.9 percent of its early applicants, and a high 51.9 percent of its regular applicants. At number five is Wofford College in South Carolina that accepts 87.3 percent of early applicants, and 49.2 percent of regular applicants.
- University of Tulsa (OK) 98.5% 30.1%
- High Point University (NC) 93.4% 41.4%
- Kalamazoo College (MI) 92.8% 47.9%
- Emmanuel College (MA) 88.9% 51.9%
- Wofford College (SC) 87.3% 49.2%
- Presbyterian College (SC) 85.5% 49.4%
- Butler University (IN) 81.4% 42.1%
- Biola University (CA) 81.4% 38.4%
- Hanover College (IN) 80.5% 32.8%
- Georgia Institute of Technology 60.2% 21.5%
As for these schools national ranking in the “Best Colleges” University of Tulsa tied for 88th place in the National Universities category. High Point University was tied for the top spot in Regional Colleges in the South category, and Kalamazoo College was tied for 64 in the National Liberal Arts Colleges category. Other noteworthy rankings from this list include Butler University in Indiana that ranked as second in the Regional Universities in the Midwest category. The top ranking university in the “Best Colleges” to make this list was Georgia Institute of Technology who tied for 35 in the National Universities category.
- University of Tulsa (OK) 88 (tie), National Universities
- High Point University (NC) 1 (tie), Regional Colleges (South)
- Kalamazoo College (MI) 64 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges
- Emmanuel College (MA) 60 (tie), Regional Universities (North)
- Wofford College (SC) 77 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges
- Presbyterian College (SC) 124 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges
- Butler University (IN) 2, Regional Universities (Midwest)
- Biola University (CA) 161 (tie), National Universities
- Hanover College (IN) 113 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges
- Georgia Institute of Technology 35 (tie), National Universities
The “10 Colleges Where Early Applicants Are More Likely to Get In” is part of a US News Report series called “Short Lists” released each week aimed at helping students applying the undergraduate or graduate program of their choice. US News aggregates the data from the national rankings for these short lists. “The Short List: College” and “The Short List: Grad School” series is in addition to US News’ “Best Colleges” or “Best Graduate Schools” ranking lists and meant to compliment them.
Bonnie K. Goodman is the Editor of the Academic Buzz Network, a series of political, academic & education blogs which includes History Musings: History, News & Politics. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies, both from McGill University, and has done graduate work in Jewish history at Concordia University as part of the MA in Judaic Studies program. Her specializations are academic & universities news, particularly history & library news.