A deferral in December means that no final decision will be made until spring, perhaps as late as April of next year. The practical impact of a deferral involves not only a non-resolusion but also a mad scramble to submit any remaining applications before the traditional January 1 deadline. That rather ruins the holiday break for those who have put their college eggs into the ED/EA basket. It’s not a happy time.
One particularly disturbing statistic involves the number of deferrals handed out by ED/EA schools. For example, these stats came forth from Yale this week: