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Deferred for Early Action or Early Decision?

Erick Widman - Saturday, December 26, 2009

Not to worry!

In December, many students who apply under the early action or early decision scheme learn the results of their college applications. If you have been accepted to your first-choice university, congratulations!  Assuming this is your top-choice college and the financial aid package offered is acceptable, you can rest easy for the remainder of your senior year.

However, if you have been deferred to regular admission, do not panic. You should be proud that you have made it this far in the application process, as you had to have all of your materials well organized and prepared in advance to apply early.

Although the deferral may be discouraging, try not to let this affect your academic performance. More importantly, don’t let it get you down during your winter break!

This is easier said than done, we know.  Just remember that you still have many options available. You can also enhance your submitted application so that when it is reviewed once again and compared to regular admissions candidates, you maintain an edge over them.

In the meantime, continue working hard at school, so that any additional awards or honors you receive may be added to your application file. Obtain the contact information of an admissions officer at the deferring university. If you have new notable accomplishments during the winter and spring quarters, contact the admissions officer to update your application accordingly.

Furthermore, return to your list of target colleges. If you have not already planned to submit your applications to these colleges, you should prepare to do so now. Although your heart may be set on the deferring university, it would be best to apply to additional colleges under regular decision.  These deadlines are now fast approaching, so make sure you have all the necessary application materials compiled, your personal statement(s) written, and your scores officially reported to the appropriate institutions.

Then, come May, you will be able to weigh all of your options and financial aid offers against one another. We wish you the best of luck with your applications, and of course, we encourage you to enlist the expertise of a Sibia Admissions consultant to help you out!

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