Deferral suggestions?

<p>Frequenting this forum is something I do much less since the dreaded deferral notice appeared in the mail, but Chicago is still my top choice college. I understand that many top notch schools send deferrals to underqualified applicants as a "nice" rejection, is Chicago as such? Do a substantial ammount of people get in after being deferred?</p>

<p>What can we do to help get in? </p>

<p>On a personal note, I sent Chicago my new ACT (31 went to a 33) and will send my first semester grades (all A's in a full schedule of APs). Will this help me substantially, or should I begin to brace myself for the official rejection?</p>

<p>I couldn't answer your question with confidence, but some people on the UChicago blog were flat out rejected, so I'd say a deferral is not an automatic rejection.</p>

<p>Good God, if you don't get in with those grades, no one has a chance.</p>

<p>^ You shouldn't say it that way. Grades aren't everything, and many of the people applying have those kinds of grades.</p>

<p>That said, I hope the OP has good luck. What you can do is update the admissions office with more awards you've won, another resume, etc.</p>

<p>From Libby's admissions blog...</p>

<p>"How many deferred applicants are accepted for regular notification?</p>

<p>In recent years, between 18 and 27 percent of deferred candidates were offered admission. We have no way of telling what this year's new applicant pool will bring."</p>

<p>You still have a shot. In addition to an improve ACT and good midyear grades, you might also consider an additional recommendation - maybe from a volunteer supervisor or the advisor of team - someone that knows you well outside of school.</p>

<p>I don't think the new ACT score will make much of a difference. What was your GPA before the first semester of your senior year?</p>

<p>GPA before first term = 3.787
GPA after first term = 3.8~~
GPA after second term = A little over 3.8? Whatever straight A's will give me..probably the biggest upward trend in my high school career.. I got a lot of all A and one A- report cards..</p>

<p>English teacher is writing me an additional letter of recomendation. Should be good, hopefully she will stress that I am not showing any signs of senior laziness. I also crafted a pretty nice letter to send to the admissions office informing them that I am still interested.</p>

<p>I may submit a crude, hand drawn picture of The University of Chicago that I drew during psychology as an artistic supplement. Maybe they will get the joke..</p>

<p>Unfortunately, I don't think your straight A's will make much difference in the minds of the adcoms, seeing as how your GPA was close to 4.0 when you applied EA. I think the letter you mentioned above is a good idea. Good luck.</p>

<p>I hope you are wrong about the grades. This will be my third straight A report card in a row.. which will be my only straight A report cards. I hope the fact that they are all APs will help me because I was only able to take one last year. Hopefully the apparent increase in motivation will help.</p>

<p>I hope I'm wrong too. Good Luck. :)</p>

<p>Good luck "not so much" ...i'm sure u'll be fine :)
but does any of u guys know any stats regarding the number of deferrals who got accepted into U of chicago later during he regular round...cos one of my friends got deferred as well??</p>

<p>puccagirl - see post #5</p>

<p>oops sorry! :D thanks ohio mom!</p>

<p>No problem - I miss posts too. Best wishes for you and your friend - this is a tough time of year and there's no getting around it. If you can manage it - try to spend some time being with and enjoying younger siblings and even parents (well, try, anyway). They will be missing you alot next year when you are off on your great adventure!</p>

<p>Thanks for the advice everyone, hope to join some of you at UofC this fall..</p>

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<p>If you haven't already interviewed with an admissions counselor, then you may want to schedule an interview. That's my only suggestion, seeing that you have already submitted an essay and recommendation.</p>