Deferral: What Can I Do?
Deferral: It can be a tough outcome after all the hard work you did to diligently get applications submitted early. If you are especially committed to a specific college, then it is understandably disappointing. But let’s not give up yet! There are efforts you can take to work to improve your odds of acceptance during the next review cycle.
• Research the Deferral Policy of the college. The first thing you need to do is research the college’s Deferral Policy. Follow the rules – if they ask that you not submit additional materials, then heed this advice. Look up the name of the local admissions representative and reach out to them for guidance. Communicate your disappointment and ask for their advice.
• Confirm SAT/ACT Test Reports were sent. Log into your College Board or ACT account and confirm that your scores were sent.
• Carefully draft a Deferral Letter. Get on it right away – don’t sit around sulking for too long!
o Interest in the school: The most important component is a reaffirmation of your interest in the school – if it is your #1 choice, let them know! If your original application did not include specific reasons why the school is a good fit for you, then elaborate here.
o Update on Academics: Fill the admissions office in on your academic progress first semester. Highlight classes or assignments of special interest and send an updated transcript.
• Request an additional letter of recommendation. Don’t go overboard here by bombarding the admissions office with too much information. But if there is a senior year teacher that you have connected with or had special success in their class this semester, then ask the teacher to send a recommendation for you – provide examples so they can be specific as to why you would be successful at each specific college.
• Revise your resume. Have you received recognition or had a significant achievement since your initial application? Examples include winning a regional robotics competition, starting an internship, or being elected to an officer position in a club. Do not simply reiterate your original application, but focus on anything new that was not included earlier on your application. Continue to build the profile that you started!
• Continue communications through the spring. Don’t just sit back and wait! You don’t want to drive admissions officers crazy but continue to demonstrate your interest in the school. If possible, make a campus visit, continue to communicate good news, and stay positive.