The Waitlist Rensselaer NY

Waitlisted. Application deferred. You put in your college application and that’s the response you got! Even after you spent hours filling out forms and laboring over the perfect essay! What does it mean, though, and is it a good thing or a bad thing? Read on.

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The Waitlist

The Waitlist

Deferral
The first thing you should know is that there is a difference between a deferral and being placed on a waitlist. If your application gets deferred, it means that you haven’t been accepted yet…but you might be…later. Hmmm…what are you supposed to do with that?! Well, if you applied as an Early Action or Early Decision applicant, your application has basically been converted to a regular application. You’ll be reviewed again during the normal admission season with all the other applicants. However, you’ve also been freed from any obligation to attend their school if accepted, and you can go ahead and apply to other schools as you wish.

If you applied during the regular admission cycle and have been deferred, then the school probably wants more information before they make a final decision — such as senior year final grades or additional test scores. The sooner you can get it to them, the more likely you’ll get a final answer sooner rather than later.

Waitlist
If you’ve been placed on a waitlist, it means that the admission folks are done reviewing your file and that you are on their radar, but it’s more like you’re second string.

Author: Amy Ambler

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