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What to Do if You Are Deferred to the Regular Decision Pool

December 18th, 2015

During this busy holiday season, not only are you waiting on packages and holiday cards to come in the mail but many of you will be waiting for something more important….your early action or early decision notification letter.  There are three results that will be displayed:  acceptance, denial or deferral.  The big question we want to answer today is:  What to do if you have been deferred?

There are several things to consider if you received a deferral letter.  Many applicant pools for early decision and early action have increased in size which makes admission much more competitive.  If students have a second choice that they now favor over the college that deferred or denied them, they can consider filing an ED Round II application (if the college has a second round) as they’re no longer bound by the first college’s ED or EA requirements.  In the article posted below, Author Brennan Barnard shares some excellent advice for students who have been deferred.  Although this publication was written three years ago we believe his recommendations are just as valuable today.

Article published December 18, 2012

Written by:  Brennan Barnard

Brennan Barnard is the director of college counseling at the Derryfield School in Manchester, N.H.

From small liberal arts colleges to Ivy League schools to large universities, I have yet to speak to a college that has seen a decrease or remained stagnant in early applications. I am no statistician, but this seems like fuzzy math.

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