This thread is for any discussion/decisions for EA admissions this year!
Expected Decision Date
The official decision date is by February 1st, but historically decisions are released earlier, likely on a Wednesday. This year it will likely be either January 20th or January 27th, but could be any Tuesday-Thursday between January 12th to January 28th based on the past 5 years of decisions. The earliest release since 2018 was January 22nd, so the earlier dates are highly unlikely. Decisions are released in waves starting at 4PM EST. Social media posts will appear around 4PM EST on the release date. If it is past 4PM EST with no results or social media posts, results are not coming out on that day.
Historically, many people try to make sense of emails and random portal changes, but no pattern appears to exist. Please do not try to read into them as it tends to cause needless anxiety for the group. The same goes for speculation on the decision date. My personal advice is to assume January 27th and to only check at 4PM EST on the two proceeding Wednesday’s. Checking early does not gain an advantage as all applicants will get an email about 30 minutes after their decision is ready.
Merit Aid, Honors, and Financial Aid
If offered, these will be on separate tabs on the admissions portal. If you do not have the tabs, you did not get them.
Financial aid should also be ready if you got all forms submitted in time, but it is not uncommon for them to require more info.
On decision day, waves are released hourly on the hour, loosely by geography. Here are some estimated time ranges:
New England: 4-6PM EST
NY: 5-6PM EST
PA, NJ, MD, VA: 6-8PM EST
Southern States: 7-9PM EST
Midwest: 6-9PM EST
West Coast: 8-10PM EST
1/21 Update: It has been claimed that a Northeastern official said that decisions for EA would come out at a single time this year instead of hourly waves. If so, the specific time is unknown. As a point of reference, ED decisions the past two years were in a single wave came and out at 7PM EST. Again, even coming out in a single wave is unconfirmed and would be a departure from the usual, but this info bears mentioning.
To all those posting decisions, posting the following info would be greatly helpful to people this year and especially in future years. The hope is to compile this information to give some numbers to future applicant pools. Feel free to post as much information as you are comfortable with.
Did you apply for FA?:
Deferrals are very common for Northeastern and are not soft rejections. It has also been speculated that they may use this to test the interest of overqualified applicants who may withdraw their application for other schools. Temper expectations but do not assume it is a rejection during RD.
Denials: Know that admissions are an imperfect process and what schools you get into or attend do not define you as a person! Good luck with your other college decisions!
NU.in: More information will be released, but you can find a good deal of info in the linked thread below. Please note there may be changes to
NU.in depending on the state of COVID in Fall and this will likely cause delays in the availability of information.
Thanks and good luck to all!