What To Do When You Have Been Deferred
A deferral is not a denial. If you are one of the many students who applied Early Decision or Early Action and were deferred, you are not alone. It is important to remember that it is not just about you and your qualifications. It is much more about what is called “enrollment management” which relates to how an admissions office wants to create a holistic and varied freshman class. They are looking for a well-rounded student body, not just well-rounded students. As a deferred candidate the enrollment managers in the admissions office may want to see your application in context with the entire regular admissions applicant pool. Your application will be read again. So what can you do? Here are some suggestions:
- Don’t be defeated and keep updating your other college applications
- Be sure and let the admissions office of the college where you were deferred of your continued interest. Write them a letter. Update your application with other relevant and new information about what has happened in the way of new memberships or awards, since your original application. Ask your school counselor to send in your mid-year grades with a letter detailing some of your new accomplishments.
- Consider sending another letter of recommendation from a coach or teacher
- If you think you could improve your standardized test scores take an additional subject test or the SAT or ACT again. If your scores improve significantly it could make a difference
- Work hard to keep your grades up and continue with your school and community activities.
- Reassess your goals. What are your interests and values and what other colleges on your list will allow you to grow and prosper in the ways you want to in the next four years? Remember, it is true there is a college for everyone and it is also true that there are many colleges and universities where you will thrive and be successful.
Seniors: What To Do Now that your Applications Are In:
- Check with each college website where you have applied to make sure your application is complete. Be sure your school counselor sends in your latest grade reports.
- Write thank you notes to the teachers and other individuals who have encouraged you and written your recommendations
- Along with your parents, fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) which is online at: www.fafsa.ed.gov. If the colleges where you are applying also require completion of the CSS Profile complete it right away.
- Check each college website for specific financial aid submission deadlines. They may be soon.
- Look for local scholarships sponsored by organizations in your community to which you can apply. These should be posted in your school counseling office and on Naviance.
- Keep working hard in your classes and enjoy all the special senior activities planned for the rest of your senior year.
Sophomores & Juniors: Thinking About College?
- College of William and Mary
- College of Wooster
- Duquesne University
- Fairfield University
- Harvard University
- Indiana University, Bloomington
- Manhattan College
- Northeastern University-Honors
- Penn State University
- Providence College
- University of Connecticut-Honors
- University of New Hampshire
- University of Pittsburgh
- Washington and Jefferson College