Have You Been Deferred?

I have discussed admission deferrals before here, but you may be a high school senior this year who just got a deferral notice from your Early Decision (ED) or Early Action (EA) college. Getting deferred is disappointing. Sometimes getting deferred is more agonizing than being denied admission altogether. Your anticipation level was through the roof as you approached mid-December, the traditional time for ED and EA outcomes to be issued. It’s like opening Christmas presents. You never know what’s going to be inside. In the case of a deferral, getting that December decision is like opening a beautifully wrapped gift, only to find a small card inside that big box that says, “Come back in the spring and we’ll tell you more!” Now, you have to hold your breath even longer.

If you were accepted ED, congratulations! Your college process is now complete. You have signed on the line, which is dotted (a cool movie reference there) and you can sleep well because your collegiate destination next fall is assured. If you were accepted EA, you have the choice of enrolling a college right now or waiting to see further Regular Decision results in the spring before you make that important May 1 enrollment commitment. If you have been denied outright, at least your reality is clear–you must forge on with applications to other schools to assure that you’ll have a spot next fall. However, a December deferral can be cause for consternation. What can you do?


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