Dulwich College Beijing’s first round of offers for Class of 2024

Gavin Hornbuckle
Head of University and Careers Counselling

This fall, the members of the class of 2024 have been very busy. Working with the University Counselling team, they have submitted over 760 applications to universities in 10 countries. The United States remains the most popular choice, with many students finding success with their early-round applications. 


DCB’s Early Round University offers

The Class of 2024 received Early Decision admissions offers from Brandeis University, Columbia University, New York University, and Northeastern University. Early Action and Rolling Decision applicants were successful at outstanding schools, as well. Applicants to the United Kingdom have received offers from a variety of universities, many of which are members of the Russell Group or well-known in the creative arts. Students also received offers from excellent universities in Hong Kong and Canada. The full list of universities is included below. 

University offers as of Tuesday 9 January 2024

What is the Early Round?

Students applying through Early Decision and Early Action programs in the United States, which generally have application deadlines between October 15 and November 15, choose to do so in order to receive an admissions decision earlier, in mid-December, than they would for their regular decision applications.

Many universities that offer a regular round for applications also offer an early round. For highly motivated students who already know which university they would like to go to, there are many benefits to applying early, including:

  • increased chances of admission,
  • quicker admission decision, which allows applicants more time to either prepare for university instead of preparing college applications or, for those who aren’t admitted to their choice of school, time to apply elsewhere.

While there are advantages to applying to an early round, it can be very competitive. US Early Decision rounds, for example, may have higher acceptance rates, but these candidates are often the best of the best. Therefore, it’s important to first evaluate whether you’ll be a strong applicant in an already competitive group.


Early Decision vs Early Action Applications

Early Decision programs are binding, meaning the student is expected to attend that school if accepted, while Early Action decisions are not, which means students don’t have to make a decision until the traditional Regular Round deadline. Regular Decision deadlines generally fall between January 1 and 15 and students are notified of the university's decision around April 1. 


Early round applications in other parts of the world

Students applying to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge were required to submit their applications by October 16, 2024, as are students applying to Medicine and Veterinary Medicine courses in the UK. Many of our students chose to submit their applications to other UK universities in November and December, and have already received offers, which are listed below. Many universities in Hong Kong and Canada offer early-round applications, as well. 


Congratulations to our students! We celebrate the success that the class of 2024 has earned so far and look forward to their continued success as the application season continues. 

Below is a list of all university offers as of Friday 19 January 2024. More decisions will be released periodically throughout the rest of the academic year:


Acceptances at US Universities

Early Decision:

  • Brandies University
  • Columbia University
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University

Early Action Admissions:

  • Babson College
  • Drexel University
  • Emerson College
  • Fordham University (3)
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Pace University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Santa Clara University (4)
  • Suffolk University
  • University of San Francisco (2)
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Pittsburgh


Offers in the UK:

  • City, University of London
  • Durham University (3)
  • King's College London, University of London (3)
  • Kingston University
  • London Metropolitan University
  • Norwich University of the Arts
  • The University of Edinburgh (3)
  • University for the Creative Arts
  • University of Bristol (3)
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Manchester (3)
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Westminster, London


Offers in Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • The University of Hong Kong


Offers in Canada

  • Queen's University
  • University of Alberta


List of all university offers as of Friday 19 January 2024


DCB is well recognised for its academic excellence and commitment to the IB programme. The College has been acknowledged as one of the top five schools in the China League IB Table for 2023, compiled by Education Advisers. This incredible accomplishment showcases the dedication and hard work of our students, educators, and the entire DCB community.