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Why did Tulane "defer final review" of my application? what does that mean?

constanzam5constanzam5 Posts: 3Registered User New Member
edited December 2011 in College Admissions
I checked my status today and I was very upset to read this "The committee on admission has decided to defer final review of your application until our regular review period.
We will try to get you a decision as soon as possible, but the latest you will receive an update is April 1. A letter with additional information will be mailed to your home shortly." I don't understand why I didn't get accepted :((( Not to sound snobby but I have a 4.7 GPA weighted, a 32 on the ACT over 130 hours of community service, wrote a strong optional essay, and I'm ranked 15th in my class. People with lower grades/ACT scores got accepted but I didn't. Could you please explain this to me so I can feel a little better ? :/

Thanks
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Replies to: Why did Tulane "defer final review" of my application? what does that mean?

  • wavylays94wavylays94 Posts: 648Registered User Member
    Yeah I got that too. Not sure.
  • RedSevenRedSeven Posts: 1,665Registered User Senior Member
    Did you apply ED? If so, this means that you were neither rejected nor accepted ED, but instead shifted to RD, as you weren't a clear-cut case for acceptance out of their ED pool, but they thought you were still worth considering in their RD pool.
    Not to sound snobby but I have a 4.7 GPA weighted, a 32 on the ACT over 130 hours of community service, wrote a strong optional essay, and I'm ranked 15th in my class. People with lower grades/ACT scores got accepted but I didn't.

    Breaking news--grades, scores, and the number of community service hours (which are often not all that impressive) you've racked up aren't the only things admissions officers take into account when reviewing applications!
  • MWestMomMWestMom Posts: 186Registered User Junior Member
    Did you express interest?

    You might also post your question in the Tulane forum.
  • zephyr15zephyr15 Posts: 2,265Registered User Senior Member
    Tulane is a hard school to figure out. It's often thought of as a safety for someone with stats like yours, but it's really not. There were similar postings last year from students with similar numbers.

    One thing which might be the case -- there was some thought (which may or may not be true) that the later you apply, the harder it is to get in early. Almost as if they admit a certain number of students early and when they hit their number, it becomes much harder.

    One thing that is definately true -- it's harder this year than last, and it was harder last year than the year before. Tulane is a school on the rise.
  • rodneyrodney Posts: 9,406Registered User Senior Member
    When did you apply? And did you do the optional Why Tulane essay?

    It appears, as it occurred last year as well, that the "early bird" caught the worm so to speak.......and that "bird" usually did the optional essay.......
  • irishrabbitirishrabbit Posts: 191Registered User Junior Member
    ^ Rodney, OP says they wrote a strong optional essay.

    Constanzam, How serious are you about Tulane? Were you thinking of it as a safety, or is it a higher priority for you?
  • rodneyrodney Posts: 9,406Registered User Senior Member
    Then timing it must be.....because it certainly wasn't stats...

    Fallen Chemist will advise as to next steps if Tulane is still a top choice for you
  • askqaskq Posts: 149Registered User Junior Member
    Did you apply EA or single choice EA ?
  • constanzam5constanzam5 Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    I applied for Early action on November 12. I'm pretty serious about it. definitely in my top Three (University of Miami, and Florida). Although I will admit that, at first, I decided to apply because the application was free. After researching it , I realized that this school was truly amazing. I love New Orleans and I would love living there.
  • zephyr15zephyr15 Posts: 2,265Registered User Senior Member
    Have you visited the school. If not, it can never hurt to visit (shows interest).

    When you're there, can you meet with an admissions officer. Let them know how disappointed you were not to be admitted early, and how highly you think of the school.
  • maddie7943maddie7943 Posts: 38Registered User Junior Member
    I got the same thing and have similar stats (33 on the ACT, 8th in my class, great e.c.'s). Really frustrated. So does this just mean we're competing against RD applicants AND waitlisted applicants, or just other waitlisted applicants?
  • suburiboysuburiboy Posts: 183Registered User Junior Member
    RD applicants AND waitlisted applicants

    you are now a RD student
  • irishrabbitirishrabbit Posts: 191Registered User Junior Member
  • curtertcurtert Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    Same thing just happened to me. I am in the top 2% of my class, a National Merit semifinalist, 3.9 GPA with a lot of AP/honors classes, and over 2200 on my SAT. I think Tulane is doing this just to somehow increase their college ranking and appear to be more selective. They lured me in by waiving my application fee only to defer my admission decision. Very frustrating--I did really want to go there, but now I'm not so sure. Plus, they seemed pretty disorganized in admissions--took a really long time to tell me my application was complete and then responded only after I emailed them a couple of times to ask about it. I was hoping for some scholarship money, but I'm afraid that by the time they make the decision on my app, all the money will be long gone, so I'm not sure how much more effort I should put into this.
  • collegebound122collegebound122 Posts: 12Registered User New Member
    I got deferred too. We think it is because of my why tulane essay, it didn't show a dying interest to go now looking back it, I could have sounded more in love with the college. But to be honest,they are not wrong, that school is not the best fit for me I feel, in my top few school choices, i'm sure that showed.
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