According to this article, the National Association of College Admission Counseling reported that 72 percent of colleges with early action options experienced an increase in applications for fall 2010, with only 38 percent reporting an increase in acceptances. As a result of the increased number of early admission applications, the rate of deferral keeps increasing.
Students who are deferred undergo an uncomfortable state of limbo, and many ask if there is anything they can do to increase their chances of acceptance. Bob Sweeney, the longtime coordinator of guidance counseling at Mamaroneck High School, suggests students restate their interest in the school: “Colleges do look closely at perceived interest,” he said. “They don’t want to — for lack of a better word — waste their acceptance on students who have no interest in going there.” Since colleges prefer to give a spot to a student who they are sure will take it, a commitment letter showing your continued dedication to the school may be the only way to distinguish yourself from the pool of other deferred applicants.