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Defer vs. Waitlist

DCLFANDCLFAN Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
edited October 2011 in College of William and Mary
My son just applied ED to W&M. Can he be Deferred, as well as Waitlisted from his ED ap? What's the difference and how many kids ultimately get admitted from either list? We are in-state VA. From our school stats, it looks like no one gets in from a Deferral or Waitlist.
This information will make a difference because if he isn't admitted, he will want to apply EDII at another school.
Thanks for any insight!
Post edited by DCLFAN on

Replies to: Defer vs. Waitlist

  • wmwunderkindwmwunderkind Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    There are three things that can happen when you apply ED:

    1. You are admitted. (Yay, congrats, cake for everyone.)
    2. You are denied. (Cry yourself to sleep.)
    3. You are deferred into the regular admission pool and considered with all other regular admission applicants. (Hope you enjoy suspense!) From this point, you can be accepted/denied/waitlisted.

    I have no idea what the accept rate is for people coming off defer/waitlist.
  • W&M AdmissionW&M Admission College Rep Posts: 2,321 Senior Member
    wmwunderkind is correct about the three possible outcomes for an early decision applicant. Generally fewer than 10% of those deferred during early decision are eventually admitted (whether that's a straight admit during regular decison or an eventual admit from the regular decision waitlist).

    We recommend that those deferred during early decision explore thoroughly their other options and apply to several other schools in order to give themselves the best odds of a good outcome come April.
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