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52 Reasons You Got Deferred (and what to do about it)!

gibbygibby Registered User Posts: 10,521 Senior Member
edited November 23 in Harvard University
In previous years, I posted a thread just after SCEA decisions were announced, however in hindsight I think students who were deferred were a bit too depressed to process everything. So, I'm going to start earlier this year, when everyone's hopes are high, to give students more time to absorb why they might have been deferred and what they might be able to do about.

First off, Harvard defers more students in the early round that it accepts or rejects -- so the majority of applicants who applied SCEA will be deferred. That's not to depress everyone, that's just the reality.

Secondly, here's a great article to read: 52 Reasons You Got Deferred (and what to do about it): http://thecollegematchmaker.com/52-reasons-you-got-deferred-and-what-to-do-about-it/

Please take the time to read the above link, so that you're prepared when decisions are announced and understand what course of action you can take if you are deferred. Best of luck to everyone!

"The waiting is the hardest part" -- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Replies to: 52 Reasons You Got Deferred (and what to do about it)!

  • gibbygibby Registered User Posts: 10,521 Senior Member
    edited December 14
    Congratulations to those students who were accepted.

    If you were deferred, please see: http://www.boston.com/news/education/2015/12/11/harvard-accepts-record-low-percentage-of-early-applicant

    Last year, just 2.3 percent of applicants who were deferred to the regular admissions cycle received acceptance letters.

    As difficult as it is to accept — a deferral is as good as a rejection. If you can wrap your head around that fact, you'll be in a much better frame of mind to embrace the colleges that actually accept and want you!

    Of course, you can try to have your guidance counselor contact Admissions and find out why you were deferred. Will it do any good? (Most likely not.) Sure, you can write an update letter to Admissions. Will it do any good? (Most likely not.) Yes, you can try to get another teacher to write you a recommendation letter. Will it do any good? (Most likely not.) Sure, you can write another essay that's better than the ones you've already submitted. Will it do any good? (Most likely not.)

    Best of luck to everyone whatever you decide to do, or whatever school you ultimately will attend.
  • PianoWinterfellPianoWinterfell Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    Gibby, do you think RD would be slightly more or less competitive than SCEA this year?
  • gibbygibby Registered User Posts: 10,521 Senior Member
    edited December 14
    The RD round will probably be more competitive, as more and more kids keep applying to Harvard thanks to its generous financial aid.
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