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What to do when you are deferred from your first choice college


You put together a brilliant application for your first choice college and applied Early Action only to learn you were deferred.  Now what?
You have several options.
a) Do nothing.
b) Quickly apply to about ten more schools.
c) Sit around and get upset
d) Get proactive and call up the Admissions Office.
The truth is that it is difficult to get off the “Deferral” list and onto the “Accepted” list.  One way to insure that you won’t get off the “Deferral” list is to do nothing
What can you do to improve your chances?
1)      When you get your deferral, call or email the Admissions Office.  If you’re wondering who you should contact in Admissions, go to the college website and see which Admissions Officer covers your geographic area.  Their email and phone number will be listed there.   Without whining, let your new contact person know how disappointed you are and ask them what else you can do.
2)      Have your high school guidance counselor call the admissions office to support you.  If you didn’t learn anything from the admissions office, chances are they will.
3)      Write a letter to the admissions office, to let them know what you’ve improved upon since you applied on November 1st.  This is crucial.  Improvements you want to include are:

  1. Your GPA went up.
  2. Your SATs went up.
  3. You won a major sports award.
  4. You won a major science award.
  5. You get the idea – any award that you’ve won since November 1st– you need to include
  6. Anything else interesting that you’ve done since you applied should be included in this letter.
  • The point of this letter to Admissions is to demonstrate what YOU can offer the college that is special.  The letter will also demonstrate how much you are dying to go to their college and how it is still your very FIRST CHOICE college!

So stop feeling sorry for yourself, and go to the computer (not to play video games or Facebook your friend) but to email your college and write an impassioned letter.  It just might get you off the “deferral” list and on to the “accepted” list.
Juliet Giglio
Educational Consultant in Syracuse, New York


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