I found out that some colleges (like U Mich) send out different deferral letters depending on how strong your application was.
I just got deferred from CS, and I was wondering if UIUC did the same thing. For reference, here are mine. If anyone has a different letter, it would help if they could post it.
Deferral letter on myIllini:
Given the competitiveness of the applicant pool, we are not able to make a decision on your application right now. We will not consider 7th semester grades or letters of recommendation. Your decision will be posted on February 2nd.
Thank you for your interest in Illinois! You applied to a very competitive major, and we want to determine how you and your strengths fit into this year's entire freshman applicant pool. For this reason, we've decided to defer your application.
You'll receive a final decision on our second notification date, February 2. To ensure a consistent and fair review process, we won't consider any additional information other than what was provided in your initial application. However, we'll continue to accept new test scores until this date.
Although we haven't made a final decision yet, please know that we recognize your strong academic credentials. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email us or call us at 217-333-0302.