What to do if You're Deferred

deferAs early application notifications head your way, you may be undergoing some anxious moments. If things don't go your way, remember to keep breathing! It may be helpful to take a moment to reflect on your options moving forward, knowing that ultimately you will wind up at the right place, and that college is more about what you make it than where you go.

If you do get a deferral, you should still continue applying to additional colleges, but there are a few steps you can take that could increase your chances of getting in. This Common App article highlights some important points:

  • A deferral means that you are still in the running along with other regular applicants, and you are no longer bound to accept an offer of admission.
  • Take your time before communicating with the college to ensure that you can calmly express yourself without sending the wrong message.
  • Research what the school recommends you do and don't do. Usually there are some specific steps you can take to let a school know you are still highly interested such as sending along a commitment letter after some time has elapsed.
  • Find out how many deferred applicants have been admitted in past years so that you have a better idea of what to expect.
  • Inquire if taking an additional round of standardized testing would be possible or helpful.
  • Don't blame yourself or your application. Instead, focus on your remaining applications, schoolwork, and relaxing with friends and family as much as possible as you bring in the new year.

 

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Early Applicant Notification Dates Extended

While most schools are continuing to stick with mid-December as a notification date for early applicants, some schools such as New York University and Princeton have a delayed notification date of December 18, giving them a bit of extra time to make up for Hurricane Sandy-induced extended early application due dates. This late announcement gives procrastinating students even less time to turn around their other applications by the January 1 deadline if they're not accepted early. Definitely be one of those students who doesn't wait till the last minute, but is prepared to face the worst-case scenario in advance.



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