Deferrals & Waitlists

How to “Reverse” a Deferral

Question: Many schools have deferred my Early Action/Decision application, is that a bad sign? Additionally, what necessary steps should I take in order to ensure that at least one accepts me? If your ED and EA colleges were all “Reach” schools, and you hoped that you’d boost admission odds by showing Early interest, then it’s ...

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Q: Are You Worthy? A: Yes!

We’re now past that mid-December period when all the high school seniors’ Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED) results have been issued. Every year, there’s good news, bad news, and yet-to-be-decided news. Those three outcomes comprise acceptances, denials (a.k.a. “rejections”), and deferrals. Do you possess one of these? I’d like to address the denied/rejected ...

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Mid-December Decisions (And Beyond)

Here’s some college knowledge that bears repeating every year at this time. So, I’ll once again note some of the things that I have said in past years because the facts (and the angst) remain the same. Of course, I’m talking about admission deferrals. You may be a high school senior this year who just ...

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Deadlines to Remember

Monday is May 1. May Day. It’s an important day to note for most of you high school seniors who are headed to college. It’s enrollment deadline day. I’m sure that you’re aware of this, but I thought I would issue this reminder, just in case. Your senior year is rapidly coming to a close, ...

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Sending a Deposit While on a Wait-List

Question: My daughter is on a wait list at her first-choice college which, in recent years, has accepted a number of students from this list. But she has been told not to expect an update until after May 1. Meanwhile, she is supposed to make a deposit at her #2 college by May 1. Can ...

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The Ivy Squeeze Rocks On

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any tighter in elite admissions, all but one Ivy League school managed to squeeze its applicant pool a little more this year. The onslaught of applicants from around the world continues unabated as high school seniors everywhere dream of Ivy. Unfortunately, for most of those applicants, their quest ...

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A Brief Word about Bad News

I’ve been advising high school seniors and their families on matters of college admissions since the late 1980s. I can’t believe how quickly the decades have flown by. I’ve given a fair number of media interviews, written a book and countless articles, blog posts, and newspaper columns, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with more ...

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Getting In: Good News in Fun Ways

So how will your good news arrive? Of course, I’m talking about getting the “You’re in!” message from your first-choice college, or at least most of the colleges to which you applied. Our family had the pleasure of seeing one of the more famous acceptance notifications back in December of 1994 when our son got ...

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Ready … Set … Wait!

Last time here, I discussed the consequences and psychological fallout of the December ED/EA deferral. There can be real uncertainty and even a little agony associated with being deferred right before the year-end holidays. However, there is something worse: the dreaded waitlist (or “wait list,” if your spellchecker doesn’t like the one-word approach). As I ...

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Post-Deferral Blues?

It’s been about a month now since those of you who applied Early Decision (ED) or Early Action (EA) received you decisions. Some of you were admitted. Great news! Others of you may have been outright denied. Not good news, but also not the end of the world. Finally, some of you, perhaps far too ...

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