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Princeton Suspends Early Action for Fall 2021

On June 18, 2020, Princeton University’s Dean of Admissions, Karen Richardson, temporarily suspended Princeton’s Single-Choice Early Action deadline for the Fall 2021 application cycle. All first year applicants will apply using a single deadline of January 1, 2021. Princeton is the first university in the U.S. to suspend the early admissions process for Fall 2021 admissions. 

Princeton’s Dean Richardson explained the one-year Early Action suspension as: 

We know returning to classes in fall 2020 will require students and staff to acclimate to an altered environment. We hope that by pausing our Single-Choice Early Action program this year it will reduce some of the pressure on applicants and give them the time to prepare their strongest applications.

Is Princeton’s suspended early admissions the start of a trend? Is Princeton’s decision a bellwether indicating a shift in early admissions policies beyond the pandemic? 

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