Deferred vs. Rejected SCEA

<p>Okay, so again, I apologize for posting so many questions so recently (I feel like I've been spamming a bit) and if this question has been asked already, I apologize again. But I have a few questions about being deferred/rejected during SCEA at Yale (although it could extend to many other schools). My questions come down to
1. Does Yale generally defer or reject students during SCEA?
2. If you are in fact rejected, what is the general reason (if there is a definitive one? Is it usually test scores, GPA, or is it more that the applicant simply did not fit. I guess this question is, does Yale reject perfectly qualified applicants, or are rejected students generally lacking in some major area?</p>

<p>According to them, they defer anyone they think stands a chance RD, and deny those who don't, so that they may focus their attention on applications for other schools.</p>

<p>Well if you look at the stats for last year (class of 2014) 50% of the applicants for SCEA were deferred. I think about 13% were accepted (correct me if I'm wrong) and the rest were rejected. There should be a thread on here on about how many deferred kids were eventually accepted (i being one of them) if you're intersted in those stats as well.</p>

<p>They will never give you a reason for why you were rejected instead of deferred/accepted. Just like they won't give you a reason why you were accepted.</p>

<p>Often, there isn't really a reason other than "we don't think this kid is a good match for Yale." Whatever that even means.</p>

<p>Also, as someone who got deferred and then accepted, I think it's necessary to view a deferral as indicative of very little. They defer some kids they KNOW they'll accept later (because there isn't enough room for them in EA), and they also defer some kids they know don't stand much of a chance but who they don't want to reject right off the bat (for whatever reason). As well, of course, they defer some students they're really unsure of. So really, it means very little.</p>