OK, So You just got “Deferred” from your US Early Application. What Next?
IF you have been “deferred” from your dream school, fret not! This is time to redouble your efforts to make sure you get there. First and foremost, This is not a rejection (yayy)!
You still have a chance of getting in.
A Deferred decision generally means that the college needs more time to review your application. They think you are potentially admissible, and need more time and information before making that critical decision. This additional information can be anything from updates on grades, activities, as well as any special awards that might have been garnered since the submission of your application.
If you are being deferred, here are some suggested next steps:
1. Check the letter you have received from the university. Go the extra mile and check the college’s website on the protocol on deferment. opportunity for an applicant interview to give the school more information on your profile.
2. If the school says they need more materials like test scores and grades, then this may be the most needed next step!
3. If you are being deferred and the school permits for students to provide any additional information beyond the above materials, then you may write a letter to the admission office. Emphasize your strong desire to attend the college and make a case for why you are a good fit, and assure them that you will enroll or commit to the school should you gain acceptance in their program – but only if you are absolutely certain you will.
4. Some schools will specify that they do not take any additional letters of recommendation or phone calls on the student’s behalf — if you’re flooding the admissions department with those, then it might have an adverse effect on your chances of admission.
5. If you are being deferred, you may also ask for an opportunity for an applicant interview to give the school more information on your profile.
Remember that if you are being deferred, you just need to wait a little longer and be patient. In the meantime, focus on improving or maintaining your good academic performance, and make sure you have alternate plans with other schools that might be an even better fit.
Evaluate every Acceptance and Waitlist offer that you receive very carefully. Make a comparison table if needed, based on your own unique decision criteria.
Do talk to us if you have any questions in the meantime! We are here to help – Zoya Qureshi Lead Counselor