4 Steps to Take if You’ve Been Deferred


Tried and true actions that can improve your chance of admission

So, you didn’t get into your dream school. But you didn’t NOT get in either. Deferred. Waitlisted. Whatever you call it, there’s still a chance for you to get accepted. And there are definitive and very important steps you can take to improve your chances of getting accepted off the waitlist after you’ve been deferred from college.

Here they are:

1. Notify the school of your continued interest . . . immediately

Even if the school doesn’t require follow-up from you . . . do it anyway. Email admissions to let them know that you are still interested in attending their school and that you’d like to stay on the waitlist. It is very important to note that some schools will take into account how quickly you respond and structure their new wait list accordingly. (Also, if you are no longer interested in a school that’s waitlisted you, let them know. It will help them make decisions that may impact other students.)

2. Send a “why I’m a good fit” letter

Send an updated letter stressing why you believe you are a strong fit for the school. Mention what you believe you would bring to their freshman class. Update any significant accomplishments since the time of your application such as—new semester grades, any honor, award, or distinction that you have earned since you filed your application etc. (lead in the school play, All-state or district selection in a sport, choir, or band, art exhibit selection, academic awards, competition results, etc.)

3. Request more recommendations

Ask someone to send an additional letter of recommendation. This is preferably a new recommender who could highlight a new aspect of your background/personality that maybe wasn’t covered in your previous recommendations. Options include a recommendation from a different teacher, an employer, a coach, or anyone you think can speak to your strengths. Keep in mind . . . an alumnus of the institution is a particularly great choice! You can ask your recommender to send their letter directly to admissions, or coordinate with your guidance counselor after you’ve been deferred from college.

4. Reach out . . . appropriately

If you have a relationship with an admissions counselor or a regional rep, consider making a phone call to plead your case. However, DO NOT send multiple emails, make multiple phone calls, or bother the admissions office with repeated contacts. They are very busy this time of year. Respect their time and attention.

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