Advice, Deferred--Acceptance?

<p>is there anyone out there who has advice for someone who was deferred, but still wants to go to brown so badly? like anyone who was deferred, then accepted? i know my chances are even less now, but i feel like i was so close. everyone thought that i was going to get in, and then someone who i’m not sure deserves to get in, got in. like i can’t do anything about it, and i’ve learned for a fact, that life isn’t easy or fair. </p>

<p>but i just don’t want to give up.</p>

<p>I'm in the same boat. I feel your pain. Except no one else from my school or anyone I know got in.</p>

<p>yea, we had four from my school apply. one kid with a legacy, and one kid with sibling at brown, and then two of us with no connections.</p>

<p>one got in (the one with a sibling), and i got deferred. i kind of knew i was taking a huge chance applying against two kids who had connections to brown, but i wanted to go there so badly and i still felt i had a comparable application, if not stronger than the two of them, so i took a chance. </p>

<p>and i should have known it all along that i was going to get deferred, but i held some hope that maybe things like legacy and siblings wouldn't matter at all. </p>

<p>i'm still hopeful, but i feel like my chances have gone down even more, even if i came really close before. </p>

<p>i'm thinking about sending a letter, an extra rec, and maybe a couple updates throughout the year on any major accomplishments. there's not too much more we can do.</p>

<p>were you expecting deferral? or were you expecting acceptation or rejection?</p>

<p>It might sound arrogant, but I would be shocked if I was outright rejected. I don't really know what to think anymore, because the vast majority of the applicants are outstanding, and reading some of the profiles on this site has really put my own achievements in perspective. On the other hand, almost all of the people who were deferred are amazing too. The thing is, it's not like my grades could be any higher (4.0, all IB/ college dual enrollment courses), my stats are in the upper half of their range (33 superscored ACT), and I spent seven months editing my essays. So in retrospect, I don't think there's anything I could have done to make my app better, but I'm definitely sending in an extra rec letter and a page summary of what i've been up to since september. I'm not going down without a fight, and if I get rejected in the spring, then it just wasn't meant to be.</p>

<p>Are you somewhere on the east coast? I'm out in Oregon and I think it's helpful that not many people apply. I think there are 10 people from my school that have applied so far. I don't just mean because there's less competition or whatever, but the sense that I get is that for a lot of east coast schools, especially competitive ones, it's like there's a set expectation that people get in. Like, I hear about some schools that regularly send 5 or 6 people to each Ivy every year. Although there are definitely some inflated egos out here I don't get the sense that half of my graduating class thinks they're pre-ordained to get into Princeton or Harvard.</p>

<p>I don't think you should regret applying early. For what it's worth, I believe the admit officers when they say they'll make the same decision for ED applicants as regular. I also know someone who was deferred ED and accepted regular, and my regional admit officer said he was deferred ED and then accepted in the spring. There is hope!</p>

<p>I wish you the best of luck, and hopefully we'll see each other in Providence next fall!</p>

<p>I think im going to send in an arts supplement and maybe try to win some awards :/</p>

<p>Yea, I'm definitely trying to move on, but it's so hard to stop thinking about it. I definitely don't think it's arrogant to say you would have been shocked if you were flat out rejected, I feel the same way about my application. I had an unweighted 4.0 GPA, six advanced placement courses my junior year (the boy who got in had 3), an art portfolio, and tons of humanitarian activities and leadership roles. </p>

<p>Yea, I hold hope too, I read somewhere that 1 in 7 or 1 in 8 deferred applicants are accepted in the spring. That's definitely a small number, but I guess if we really want it, it's worth trying for again. </p>

<p>We have 9 or 10 applying to Brown now, some are about the same stats as me, others might be lower. It definitely makes me nervous, but I applied ED so they know my interest is still there. </p>

<p>I contacted my interviewer and he said the best thing was to definitely show you're still interested to the admission's committee. So a letter is definitely the first step from all of us. </p>

<p>Maybe we can all keep each other updated in here? Over the next few months. I won't be on here as often as I was in the past, but every now and then I'll check. </p>

<p>Good luck! And yes, I would love to see you guys in Providence next fall. That would be wonderful.</p>

<p>definitely send out an update on yourself (continued awesome grades, any recent achievements) and reiterate your strong interest</p>

<p>I just found out that only four people from my ENTIRE STATE got accepted ED. Everyone else was deferred or rejected.</p>

<p>Yeah, I'm writing to the admissions office as well. I want to go there more than ever now.</p>

<p>if we submit additional recs, when would they be due? i dont think i can/will but just wondering in case i have a chance</p>

<p>wait how can you find out how many people from your state were accepted?</p>

<p>also, does anyone know the total number admitted early decision this time? I heard it's somewhere around 500.</p>

<p>i have a very close family friend- very smart, went to an ivy etc- who was admissions rep at vandy for awhile, now a college counselor in atl. i spoke breifly to her and told her i got deferred and she said.....that's bad--really not a good outlook, shes sorry.
bad as in really bad chances now.
i just really dont have a so good feeling about this....i think its a lot harder to accepted after deferral, no matter what brown says about it all being equal. especially since they went to commonapp this year...more applicants.
personally, im shooting for a waitlist in the rd round. i'll wait on brown till im eighty :'( if not a waitlist...ill apply transfer i guess (againand again..every yr of college elsewhere, lol), although i know thats even harder.
dang. this is all really hitting me. life blows.
i would do ANYTHING to go to brown... i think the fact that i did an overnight is making all this so much harder. i really know.... exactly this life that i won't have... if that makes any sense.</p>

<p>it's good you said that though; it gives us a dose of realism while we face the future. sad but true</p>

<p>it's the hardest thing to accept.</p>

<p>... just like Brown deferral students!
haha ouch my heart hurts :P</p>

<p>my dad works with a guy who used to do something with brown admissions and he said that even though i got deferred (to columbia, but the advice is still relevant) i still have a good chance. they just can't accept everyone at once so they have to defer some people. so don't give up.</p>

<p>hi, my son too got deferred, but still he didn't receive deferred letter from Brown in mail.</p>

<p>the more and more i learn about what happened, the more I feel that I should have expected this all along.
out of the 7 or 8 people i know locally who applied to Brown, the three that were accepted all had connections, not to mention two were legacies. </p>

<p>i do my best to not let legacy frustrate me, but i can't. it is the hardest thing to accept when you know you are more qualified than someone else who was accepted. </p>

<p>but we all move on, right?
admissions were never supposed to be fair.</p>

<p>Just out of curiosity, how do you know you were more qualified than the others? Did you read essays, teacher recs, etc? What about their life stories? All I'm saying is that you shouldn't assume legacy was THE factor in their acceptances. And I mean all of this in the best possible way.</p>

<p>well. i am a legacy and I was deferred so that should make you feel better. and I had two letters of recommendation within the school.</p>

<p>That was the wrong way of stating it, but I think to a certain degree, we all know how qualified we are, correct? I don't think I'm the most qualified applicant in all respects, and there may be a few areas where the other students were more qualified than me. I can list you places where I know I'm not qualified. I just feel strongly that if the student I know hadn't had a legacy, things may have turned out differently. I don't know if this is the case, and I never will know for sure, but that is my gut feeling. I apologize in any sort of way for coming off as arrogant. </p>

<p>At this point, I'm trying to think more about the future. What's happened has happened, and it already feels like too long ago to go back and relive the sort of emotions that I felt on December 11th. </p>

<p>I wish all the students admitted best of luck at Brown.
I wish good luck to those deferred, like myself.
And I still wish good luck to those rejected, wherever you all may go.</p>