Join IvyWise College Admissions Counselors as they share insights on what a deferral is, why some students are deferred, and, most importantly, what next steps you should take if you received a deferral decision. REGISTER HERE For students expecting early decisions this December, it’s easy to imagine how they’ll react to their decisions – whether it’s an acceptance or a rejection. But there’s another possible outcome on the table that many students forget to prepare for: a deferral.
While it is disappointing not to have an acceptance in hand, a deferral does not mean that you’re out of the admissions race! In fact, a deferral should be considered a second chance to highlight your strengths and what you have accomplished during your senior year. You might feel like you've been rejected if you receive a deferral, but all it means is that your application will be reviewed again in the Regular Decision round.
As early application decisions are released this December, some students may encounter a strange outcome that isn’t as clear-cut as an acceptance or denial – a deferral. This can be a confusing end result after working so hard on your early application, but luckily there’s a lot you can do to understand exactly what a deferral means and how to improve your chances of admission. A deferral is an admissions outcome wherein an early applicant, for various reasons, has been sent to the regular admissions cycle for reevaluation, and will receive a decision in March or April with the other regular applicants.
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Getting deferred from your top choice school is disappointing. But, don't despair! The competition in the early action/early decision applicant pool becomes increasingly intense year after year.
Getting deferred from your top choice school can be disappointing, but don’t despair! There are a number of steps that students can take after a deferral to improve their admission chances in the regular round. Students who are not accepted during the early application round are either deferred or denied.