College admissions officers like Early Decision. The more students they can admit through early decision, the faster they can fill their class. And they fill it with the students who have shown the most interest, as well as the qualifications to succeed.
At many schools, even the most selective, the odds favor the well-qualified students who apply Early Decision. At some schools, Dickinson, Lehigh and Lafayette being three example, nearly half of a freshman class was admitted through Early Decision. But not all of these applicants get accepted. Some are denied, of course; they are definitely not a fit. Others are placed in limbo. Neither accepted nor rejected they are deferred for consideration against the larger applicant pool.
If you are dealing with a deferred status what can you do?
I’m not crazy about the last option, if it does not allow you to graduate in the spring. At the University of Florida, for example, students who enter in January are not allowed to take classes during the Fall semester. This means that they miss the peak period for on-campus recruiting if they want to go to work full-time in a high-demand field such as accounting, computer science or engineering. These students are also in school in July, while their peers who graduated in May have started their first full-time jobs. In addition, the more competitive graduate and professional school programs will have admitted their classes for the next academic year before these seniors begin their last semester.
I have read comments from education writers and admissions experts that a deferred applicant’s chances of getting accepted are less than they were under Early Decision.I believe this to a point: if you were expecting merit-based or need-based aid or ranked in the lower half (but not the bottom quarter) of the pool, your chances are probably not as great. If your grades and test scores were competitive, you needed no financial aid or had a “hook,” then you should not give up hope.
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