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Was I deferred from Yale as a courtesy?

kathhhhhhmckathhhhhhmc 3 replies2 threads New Member
edited December 2019 in Yale University
Hello, I just want to preface this by saying I do not in anyway feel that I automatically deserve admission because I am a legacy applicant. I just want to know if it is worth keeping my hopes up for RD.

I was recently deferred from Restrictive Early Action.

I have a 4.2 weighted GPA
30 ACT
Strong essay/application
Lots of clubs and honors
Fencer

I am a legacy I just want to know if I should give up on this lifelong dream of mine so I'm not crushed in the Spring. Also, any advice for a LOCI would be great as well. My family and I would never try to bribe my way in or anything, and a LOCI will be my only course of action in this matter.

Thanks!

edited December 2019
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  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls 5855 replies1 threads Senior Member
    What was your unweighted GPA?

    It is entirely possible that you might indeed have been deferred as a courtesy, or that you just won't get in due to the huge number of other excellent applicants. I definitely would focus on other schools at this point.
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  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse 29865 replies59 threads Senior Member
    Is there a reason why you should give up on Yale? I don’t understand why you cannot regard it as a lottery ticket and continue with your applications to other schools, focusing on them, but keep a candle burning for Yale, just in case. Many students in your situations where they have been deferred from my heir first choice schools, and must focus on gaining admissions to other schools, but they also keep that first choice school as a remote possibility. A lot of life works that way. I see no reason not to write. LOCI, and then work on applying to other schools. If you are accepted to Yale, great. If not, like do many others, you pick another school.
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  • appleorchard19appleorchard19 10 replies6 threads Junior Member
    don't give up or anything, but quite honestly, i do not think those stats have much of a chance
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  • tdy123tdy123 1000 replies18 threads Senior Member
    edited December 2019
    Applying to any school with a major stat well below the 25th percentile makes the odds very unfavorable.

    Make sure to put in a range of RD apps where your 30 ACT puts you above the 25th percentile (33ACT = 25th percentile at Yale).
    edited December 2019
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  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse 29865 replies59 threads Senior Member
    You won’t know whether you had a courtesy deferral or not unless you get accepted; then you know you did not
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  • gardenstategalgardenstategal 6124 replies10 threads Senior Member
    As a legacy, this could have been a courtesy deferral (soft rejection). It is possible, however, that something in your application made the AO feel that they needed to track you a while longer. Are your grades on an upswing? Are you taking harder classes? In both cases, they may want legitimately to see how that plays out before making a decision.

    It is possible that your GC could call Yale and find out directly what the deferral message was meant to be.. Sometimes they will give this kind of feedback so it's worth asking, particularly if it'll change your strategy. The worst is that they won't answer and you are where you are now. Iow, only upside in asking.
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  • jym626jym626 56226 replies2931 threads Senior Member
    edited January 9
    Legacy or not, typically a deferral means they don’t see enough in your application to tip it to an acceptance. So, in addition to a LOCI, you need to update them on anything additional (great midterm grades, any additional honors/awards/accomplishments, etc) that ADDS to your current application. If hey felt your application as is was good enough they might have admitted you. But if you have nothing additional to punch up your application, it likely will become a waitlist or denial.
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  • CIEE83CIEE83 756 replies11 threads Member
    Yale historically admits its strongest applicants in the EA round. Deferral could be a courtesy or could just mean they aren’t sure about you without seeing the rest of the applicant pool. Either way, your odds of admission in the RD round are the same as everyone else’s: low.
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  • starstraystarstray 12 replies1 threads New Member
    a friend of mine is also yale legacy, and got deferred with similar stats. i'd assume so!
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