Deferrals

<p>Just kind of curious about what percentage of early action applicants are typically accepted, deferred, and rejected. And of those deferred, how many normally end up getting in for regular decision?</p>

<p>Dear kman33344 : The numbers will drift from year to year however, the general numbers are that there are 30%-40% acceptances for the early admission pool, roughly 40% deferrals, and 20-30% rejections. For those deferred, a relatively small number (10%) are ultimately accepted.</p>

<p>While this might sound counter intuitive, remember that the pool will go from 6,000 applications to include the deferrals plus another 24,000 applications. When you think about those numbers relative to the number of offers made in each round, you see immediately why the deferrals do face an uphill battle - not impossible, just uphill.</p>

<p>Yikes, not as generous figures as I was hoping. Oh well, thanks anyway!</p>

<p>Got deferred too. Is there anything I can do to improve my application at this point?? Send in new/better test scores? Send letters of recommendation? I'm really bummed and will do virtually anything to get accepted in regular decision.</p>

<p>ScottJ. Was surprised to be Deferred by BC (3.7+ GPA in all honors/AP, 2100+ SAT with 700 on all sections, ~700 on all subject tests, varsity sports, clubs, community service) - would it have been better to just apply RD, or with there still be an objective and fair review by a different admissions person? Will being deferred impact the RD decision? Hard to imagine there is only a 10% chance here...does not feel right.</p>

<p>Based on all the info out there, these feel like top quartile stats and should have easily been admitted to BC??</p>

<p>Dear HSsenior1234 : Again, let's work through the numbers in more details. According to the radio rebroadcast that I shared here on College Confidential, 6500 applications were received during the EA round and a total of 30000-30500 total applications are expected; we will suppose that 24000 applications are regular decision for the purposes of this note.</p>

<p>Approximately 30% of the 6500 EA applications were rolled over into the main regular decision pool. So, add those 2000 applications to the in-bound 24000 and you have 26000 applications which still require additional review. With about 8000 application acceptances overall and about 2000-2200 already offered, that means about 5800-6000 acceptances will come from the 26000. Therefore, from here, we will have about a 25% (best casing) acceptance rate overall.</p>

<p>Now, the top-end of the application pool has been replenished. You should not assume that the applicant quality has dropped in the RD round. In fact, many RD applications are now resulting from Ivy League and new-Ivy exclusive application EA schools. The point here is that the middle tier application will meet the following numbers : if you expect that 1/3rd of the RD applications (about 8500 applications) are over the mid-tier EA applications, you start to see why only 10% of the deferrals are eventually accepted.</p>

<p>As for your individual materials, a 3.7 GPA sounds like it is Top 10% and a 2100+ with 700 per section is certainly in the sweet spot - and beyond. Yes, top quartile stats certainly, but let's get beyond those numbers and start introspecting about what else was offered in your application.</p>

<p>What was your essay topic? Was it about "me" or how you add to the Boston College campus fabric? If one read the essay, do you say "wow, I need to meet this person"? Was it grammatically correct? Spell-checked? Quality material?</p>

<p>How about High School engagements? Sports, arts, music, school spirit? Did your recommendations indicate that you are a hard worker with a thirst for more or did they have spelling errors and look like they were written at the last minute?</p>

<p>Many questions for you to consider as part of your effort to bolster your case for admission. Let's start with a very basic question : if you appealed to your school principal to recommend your admission, would that call help? Do the key administrators in your school know you well enough to offer that support?</p>

<p>Thanks ScottJ> Your responses on this forum are always informative and helpful - thanks for taking the time for such a detailed response. Your questions are thought provoking, but my sense is that the essays and 4 years of varsity sports and support from counselors and teachers all seem like positives, but worth thinking about some more.</p>

<p>Still surprised...and disappointed. Any advice on anything else I can do (beyond sending recent grades and accomplishments)? Thank you.</p>

<p>Dear HSsenior1234 : I have put together six strategic points for deferred candidates to consider in re-reviewing their application for Boston College and validating their applications at other institutions. The thread is on the Boston College board. Some constructive ideas appear there.</p>

<p>Question for those who have been deferred/rejected-</p>

<p>Did any of you have the message:
"If you have not previously submitted your non-refundable Enrollment Confirmation and Housing Guarantee fees, please click here to do so.
If you would like to withdraw your admission, please submit the Admission Withdrawal Form.
If you would like to postpone your enrollment, please submit the Admission Deferment Request."</p>

<p>? Because I haven't received a letter or email yet, but my agora says that. Please let me know! The BC Offices are closed till Jan 3 apparently, and I can't wait that long if my letter/email never shows up.</p>

<p>ScottJ: Thanks very much for all the good information you've been posting. I have two questions I hope you can help me with: (i) your last post says you have a thread on the BC Board with tips for the deferred. Do you mean this CC Board (can't find it) or on the BC web site (couldn't locate it there either). A link would be appreciated! (ii) your numbers are very clear about the 10% chance for deferred candidates being admitted RD, but the BC web site says it's 20% of those deferred -- why the difference and have things changed?</p>

<p>Dear JebMhb : The link to the "Developing Your Post-Deferral Game Plan" thread is here on the Boston College Board and a link to the details is provided below : </p>

<p><a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/boston-college/1263176-developing-your-post-deferral-game-plan.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/boston-college/1263176-developing-your-post-deferral-game-plan.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>As for the 10%/20% debate, remember that the percentage is talking about the deferred students that get offers. If we have 2000 on the deferred list into the main pool, we are talking about 200 offers (10%) or 400 offers (20%) - both of which depend on a number of factors including the size of the deferral list and the overall applicant pool. My numbers might be tighter than what Boston College is stating; also, given the current economics, BC might be expanding the deferred list which could also impact the numbers. </p>

<p>The point remains that the acceptance rate from the deferral list is, sorry to say, less than the overall acceptance rate (no matter which numbers you use). We have reviewed the reasons for this in previous discussions.</p>