It’s that time of year: Early Decision and Early Action results are beginning to roll in. We hope everyone is receiving good news, but this year is obviously a weird one. We suspect more students across the country will receive a “defer” decision this year. Colleges still don’t know how their enrollment numbers will shake out post-vaccine, so keeping students waiting in the wings gives schools more flexibility come spring.
You’ve been deferred. Now what?
First, it’s okay to grieve. Give yourself a minute to process. While a “defer” is not a “deny,” it still hurts. And the liminality of a deferral sometimes feels more disorienting. Should you keep your hopes up? Move on to another school? What does a defer actually mean for your chances?
Some colleges require an essay from students who still want to be considered. This can be tough. In all likelihood, you already wrote an essay telling this school why you’re the perfect fit. Don’t repeat yourself. Dig deep and be specific.
Most importantly, try not to read too deeply into one college’s decision. College admission is a process that sometimes defies logic. A defer or deny from one school does not mean you won’t get into others that are just as—or more—selective.
Don’t neglect those other essays. Keep an open mind. Remind yourself why you love the other schools on your list. Breathe. And let us know how we can help.