Tips for Students Who Have Been Deferred

January 16, 2014
January 16, 2014 ACS

Some high school seniors may have recently received a letter or notice explaining that they have been deferred. A university or college may defer early decision and action students for a plethora of reasons. You may have been deferred due to a low grade or possible low test scores, or, your application may not have been strong enough to win a unanimous vote from the admissions committee.

Whatever the case may be, if you fall into this category, there are some things to consider.

According to author and college admissions expert Joie Jager-Hyman, you should follow these tips to possibly improve your chances of acceptance to the university that deffered you.

  • Call the admissions office. When you call, ask for an appointment to speak with your regional admissions officer so you can find out how to improve your chances. This will also establish a “connection” with this admissions officer who will most likely be the one reading your file in the future. Make sure you are the one calling as it will give the admissions officer the chance to see you as a “real person.” During your conversation, emphasize that this university is your top choice and also ask what percentage of deferred students are usually admitted.
  • Send an “update” letter to the college. When you do this, be sure to include any new accomplishments or updates on your academics or extracurricular activities since you submitted your application. In addition, it is a great idea to reiterate why the college is still your #1 choice. It is also important to include how you believe you will make a difference to the college.
  • If you can, get another letter of recommendation. It is a good idea to choose one of your senior teachers who can talk about any recent academic accomplishments you have achieved. It is also important to have the teacher stress your strong desire to attend the college that deferred you.
  • Look for other support. You can also get letters of recommendation from adults who are not teachers. Think about a coach, a club adviser, or even your boss if you have a job. Have them explain in detail your leadership qualities. In addition, if you know of an alumni from the college that deferred you, have them send in a letter of recommendation.

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