Deferred from Early Decision or Early Action?
Have you been deferred from Early Decision or Early Action? By now, everyone who was applying for college Early Decision for the Nov 1 deadline has gotten everything in and is in a holding pattern. In other words: just waiting.
Some of you are already getting invitations for interviews, while others are sitting on their hands trying to not get too anxious while they wait it out for the one decision that could determine their entire future.
But, what if you don’t get rejected OR accepted for Early Decision or Early Action?
What if you get DEFERRED?
What does being “deferred” actually mean, and what everyone really wants to know: what are your remaining chances?
Here’s the good news: being deferred, while not the full-out acceptance you were looking for, is GOOD!
Take that in for a second — in lieu of a full-out acceptance from Harvard, Princeton, Stanford or MIT, being deferred is actually not a bad thing, and this is why:
Being deferred from college Early Decision or Early Action, especially when you’re talking about the Ivy League or Ivy League “equivalent” schools means you actually have what it takes.
In other words, it means you have what it takes to be competitive, not only at the Ivy League, but at that particular school.
That’s HUGE news if the college you applied to is in the top 20, let alone the top 10 or even top 3!
If Harvard defers you, that means the Harvard admissions committee thought you were good enough to put “on hold” for the moment, as they wait to compare you to the rest of the regular admissions applicants.
That’s what’s going on when you get deferred. You are deemed “competitive” enough, because otherwise you would have been flat out rejected outright. Admissions officers don’t need to make even more work for themselves.
The fact that you were NOT rejected though, means they thought you “competitive enough”. That’s GREAT NEWS in terms of your opportunity. It means regardless if you don’t get in to this particular school, you now know in your heart that you are at the level this TYPE of school is looking for, and you’re making the cut.
So, if you get deferred from Columbia, for example, that means that comparable level schools like Brown, Dartmouth, or UPenn might still find you interesting.
That means if you get deferred from Stanford, MIT just might want to snatch you up!
Don’t let a deferment dampen your spirits as though it’s not the ultimate that you were looking for, you are STILL IN THE RACE!
And, yes, that’s a race that you absolutely can still win.
I get many students into top Ivy League colleges every single year who were initially deferred. Your hope is delayed, NOT shattered by any means.
So, what can you do if you get that deferment notice? Contact me and let me help you navigate the new situation. You have to know how to respond to a deferment properly (as in sending the “right” kind of follow up email),
AND, you need to now maximize your strategy for all of your other regular decision schools.
Want more information? Contact me today for a free consultation. I’m a former Harvard admissions interviewer + Harvard graduate and run the award-winning Ivy League College Admissions Firm: www.IvyCollegeEssay.com
Contact me today, and get into the school of your dreams!
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