What to do if You are Deferred at Your Top College


You've been eagerly waiting to hear from your top choice college. Admit or deny were possibilities, but what is this thing called "deferred"? Being deferred means that your application file will be re-considered in the regular decision pool. This typically shows that you weren't strong enough for the early application pool, but there is still enough there for the admissions committee to re-read your application along with all the others they receive in the regular decision pool. 
They are not willing to let go of you yet!

If you are deferred, there are a few things you can do:
  • send your first semester grades as soon as they become available.
  • send any new SAT, ACT or SAT Subject test scores.
  • ask a senior year teacher if they would write a letter of recommendation for you.
  • ask your school counselor if they are willing to send a letter or make a phone call on your behalf.
  • send updates of any new significant activities or achievements (recent National Honor Society inductee, elected officer for a club, etc.)
  • send a letter from you re-affirming your interest. 
In the meantime, keep up with your other colleges to make sure they have everything they need from you to make a decision. Don't despair- you will be at the best college for you next fall!