It’s the time of year when many colleges release admissions decisions for students who applied through Early Action and Early Decision. Some will be admitted, others denied. Students who are deferred often have many questions. Rick Clark, director of Undergraduate Admission at Georgia Tech, has some answers.
If you are deferred admission, it’s important to remember three things:
1. You are not denied. If a school did not think you were competitive or a good fit, they would have denied you. This sounds harsh but it’s true.
2. Finish the drill. The college that deferred you wants to see more. They need to understand how you’ve done in a challenging senior schedule or if your upward grade trend will continue. They likely also want to see how you stack up with the entire applicant pool. Now you are going to need to send in fall grades, you may need to write an additional essay or tell more about your personal activities. But you are not denied. Defer is a “hold on” or a “maybe” or even a “tell me more.” So do that.
If you liked a college enough to apply, you should finish the drill. After all, it’s called an admission process. Sometimes that means more than just one round. See it through by submitting what they request and put your absolute best foot forward.
3. Check your ego. (The truth is you should do this whether you are admitted, denied, or deferred.) An admission decision is not a value or character decision. If you are deferred from a college you really want to attend, you need to give them every confidence that you should be admitted in the next round. If a school asks for a mid- spring report or they call your counselor or they ask you to come in for an interview, you will have solid grades and interesting new information to share. Your job as a senior is to finish well.
Get more admissions advice from Clark here.
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