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What Does It Mean When a College Defers Your Application?

After months of preparing for college applications, essay writing, and hitting submit to each early action school on your list, there isn’t much to do but stay focused on your senior year- and wait for decisions.  

Finally, that email comes to check your portal and you log in hoping to see a “YES” from that school, but instead, you find a message that you have been deferred.    As disappointing as this is, what does it really mean?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN YOUR APPLICATION IS DEFERRED?

If your application has been deferred it means that your application to that college has not been accepted or rejected at this time. Instead, the college has decided to postpone making a decision on your application until later. This may happen if the college is still considering your application or if they need more time to make a decision.  The admissions team will provide details if they need more information from you before they consider your application as part of the regular decision. 

THERE ARE SEVERAL REASONS WHY A COLLEGE MIGHT DEFER AN APPLICATION
  • The college has a large number of applicants and needs more time to review all of the applications before making decisions.
  • The college is still considering your application and wants to review it further before making a decision.  They may want to look at the pool of regular decision applicants to see how you might fit into the class they are creating. 
  • The college may need more information about your first semester grades from your senior year or other updated information. 

I HAVE BEEN DEFERRED FROM ONE OF MY TOP CHOICES- NOW WHAT?

  • Make sure to read the letter and pay close attention to what they have asked you to provide (if anything) and provide it as quickly as possible. This could include updated grades or test scores, letters of recommendation, or a personal statement.  Don’t send them the information they already have- this should be new and demonstrate your fit.
  • They may ask you to confirm you are still interested, make sure to do this as quickly as possible as well.   
  • Re-evaluate your other college options and apply to other schools that may be a good fit for you.   If you made sure to apply to a well-balanced list you should already have other great options!

As always, it is important to remember that the decision made at the college is not a judgement of you or your future success!   There are so many great schools out there where you will thrive! 

 If you need help balancing your list let’s talk

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