Is it likely to be accepted if I’m deferred in Early Decision?

How likely is it to be accepted into a college after you’ve been deferred in Early Decision/Early Action?

– Amara, a student in Brooklyn, NY

How likely is it to be accepted into a college after you’ve been deferred in Early Decision/Early Action? SocratesPost.com Issue 24 ad-free college admissions newsletter

This all depends on the school you applied to. Let’s look at MIT, for example.

For the Class of 2020, MIT’s overall first-year admission rate was 6.7% (1,464 accepted out of 21,706 applications). However, only 3.9% of those who were deferred from Early Action got in during the Regular round.

Since we don’t know which schools you’ve been deferred to, we talked to insider sources from a variety of schools across America: one East Coast school, one Midwest school, and one West Coast school.

First, SocratesPost called a representative at Boston College’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Anne Marie, who said the deferral has no impact on the chances of getting in Regular Decision. Your application will be reviewed as if it had never been seen before by the application readers in Early Decision. Therefore, your likelihood of getting into a school like Boston College depends highly on the strength of the regular decision applicant pool. Typically, regular decision applicants are stronger than those in Early Decision and your likelihood of getting accepted is slim.

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Next, we called Stanford University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions and asked about their policy. An anonymous rep there said that they do not give many deferrals, so if you did get deferred, they are wanting to admit you, but just need more information. She emphasized that there is, of course, no guarantee of admission but because a deferral is not a denial, there is a good reason you are still in the running. According to the rep, this is your chance to send the admissions officers your updated transcripts, awards, or a letter reiterating your interest in Stanford. Any form of positive communication, even if you’re just telling them your grades haven’t changed but you are more committed to Stanford than ever, will help improve your chances.

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Lastly, we attempted to contact University of Chicago’s Undergraduate Admissions Office, but they were unavailable. Instead, we selected another elite midwest U.S. school to consult:

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