It's that time of year when students are hearing decisions from their Early Action and Early Decision college applications. For a large number of students, the decision will not be as clear cut as a simple acceptance or rejection. When the admissions folks think you are a decent match for their school, but your application isn't quite as strong as some others, they are likely to defer the decision on your application. This allows the college to compare your application to all the applicants in the regular admission pool in an effort to admit the strongest possible new class of students.
While deferral makes sense from a college's perspective, it's frustrating and disappointing for the applicant. However, this is not a time to despair. Applicants can often take some steps to improve their chance of getting an acceptance letter in the spring. These 8 tips for deferred college applicants can help.