What does a deferral mean?
A deferred admissions decision means that we need more time and more information – about your performance this school year and about our applicant pool – in order to make our final decision. We will consider everything you have already submitted to us, the midyear grades you will report, and the overall strength of our applicant pool to aid us in making a final decision on your candidacy.
What are my chances?
Unfortunately, it's impossible to predict at this point. On the FAQ sheet that we included with your letter, you can see that we ended up offering admission to 372 deferred students last year and 289 the previous year. We won't know until March how many we'll be able to admit this year.
Is there anything I can do to improve my chances?
Send us your midyear grades. We'll be sending you an email soon with instructions on how to self-report your midyear grades online. Don't ask your counselor to send us a paper report; instead you'll enter your own grades online. If you have new test scores, you can send us those as well. Our code for the SAT is 5816, and our code for the ACT is 3162. Beyond that, I'm afraid all you can do is wait and focus on successfully completing your final year of high school.
Should I still apply for Financial Aid?
Yes. The Financial Aid deadline is March 1, so you'll still want to submit your application in case we are able to admit you. More info is available on the Student Aid website.