Deferral Tips from Former Admissions Officers
For students who have been deferred or waitlisted, there are a number of ways to stregthen your application before you apply again. Watch our video on the next steps you should take.
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“Hi. My name is Stephanie. I’m a former admissions officer from Northwestern University. I’ve read thousands of applications and helped hundreds of students craft the perfect application essay. Here are some of my tips for students who have been deferred our waitlisted.
Tip #1, write a brief letter to the admission committee, acknowledging the deferral and indicating that while you’re disappointed, school xyz is still your top choice.
Tip #2, maintain a list of any new accomplishments, awards and improved grades that will provide additional strength to your application. Be mindful of directions from the school and how and when they want this information.
Most of the former admissions officers from AdmissionsCheckup.com suggest sending a letter or email in late January with any updates followed by a quick note at the end of February stating that college x continues to be my first choice school.
Tip #3, don’t let senioritis set in. A strong showing in the classroom senior year is often the key to tipping the scales and buckling down and studying is something that is in the student’s direct control.
Tip #4 is to visit the campus again if possible. Attend an information session and after it’s over ask questions such as, “What percent of students are typically admitted after being deferred or waitlisted and is there anything I can do that might increase my chances of gaining admission?” This will earmark you as a deferred or waitlisted candidate and the admissions rep may note your visit and strong school interest in your application.
Tip #5 is to find someone who’s objective to read your application. Even better is if that someone doesn’t know you but knows college admissions. Perhaps unknowingly you gave the wrong impression or neglected to include something important. This will enable you to send the school a clarification as well as head off a similar miscommunication with another school. And that’s exactly what AdmissionsCheckup.com does. AdmissionsCheckup.com has over 60 former admissions officers who can help you with your application [and] give you brutally honest feedback, before you submit.
Better application. Better chances of scholarship. Better chance of admission.
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