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What does being deferred actually mean?

MikeNdaMaddawgMikeNdaMaddawg Posts: 73Registered User Junior Member
edited December 2009 in College Admissions
So for example I just got deferred from Columbia College. Is that just a nice way of saying I got rejected? I mean, I've heard that admissions rate for deferred students are ridiculously low. I don't think I know anyway who got deferred and were later accepted for the regular decision round. Anyone know the statistics for deferred students getting accepted, perferablly for Columbia specifically?
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Replies to: What does being deferred actually mean?

  • xAAAxxAAAx Posts: 1,465Registered User Senior Member
    Depends on the applicant pool. ED is generally the strongest candidates & specifically what they're looking for. If they decide you're a fit in the RD round, they'll accept you
  • 1down, 1 to go1down, 1 to go Posts: 283Registered User Junior Member
    It means "maybe" -- you get another shot. Its better than rejected.

    If you are still really interested in the school, make sure to update your information in early January. Let them know you remain very interested and good luck. Students do get admitted after having been deferred. Good luck to you.
  • MikeNdaMaddawgMikeNdaMaddawg Posts: 73Registered User Junior Member
    So, what exactly does that mean? What's viable to send in to a school that I got deferred from. I mean, I figure that it's not okay to write another essay. But right now, I figure I'm going to send in my AP scores (which I did not do the first time around) and also my school midyear report?
  • AVHS DadAVHS Dad Posts: 944Registered User Member
    That's it, midyear report and any additional test scores.
    Deferred really means you're qualified, but their ED slots were filled by others that were a better fit. You're now a qualified part of the regular decision pool. If you haven't already, you should now submit to any other schools you're interested in.
  • xAAAxxAAAx Posts: 1,465Registered User Senior Member
    and any additional sats you've taken
  • T26E4T26E4 Posts: 17,038Registered User Senior Member
    Colleges will reject candidates who aren't viable -- no need to prolong them. Deferrals generally mean they think there's a shot in the RD round.

    Cynically, some have said some EA/ED deferrals happen more often w/legacy kids who otherwise would've been rejected --as a soothing piece for them and their donor parents -- only to be rejected RD round. I dunno about this rumor though
  • 1down, 1 to go1down, 1 to go Posts: 283Registered User Junior Member
    Update them with any additional awards, interesting activities etc not just test scores.
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