Were You Deferred?


It's time for my annual “What to do if you're deferred" advice. I write about this issue every December, and since Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) decisions are almost all out now, some of you seniors have gotten the news that you weren't hoping for: You've been bumped into the spring applicant pool. You're no doubt wondering why that happened. More importantly, though, you should be pondering what you can do about it.

Over the past several decades, I have dealt with a lot of seniors who have been deferred from their ED/EA applications. Some of them would have preferred to have been denied outright, since that would have supplied a note of finality to their process at that particular school. Deferrals are a kind of purgatory that keep applicants in suspense until spring. Plus, as if that weren't enough, there is always the possibility of a deferred applicant being placed on a waiting list in the spring. Talk about purgatory! However, the point of my advice today is to show how to deal with your deferral. We'll discuss waitlists in a few months.

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