What Does Deferred Early Decision Mean?

If you’re reading this, you’re most likely a parent of a student that just got deferred and we are here to tell you that it’s going to be okay. You have questions, and we have answers below.

What does it mean to be deferred early decision? 

It’s important to note that there is a difference between being deferred and being rejected. Being deferred is not a rejection. It’s a common misconception that schools defer students to “let them down easy,” but that’s not the case. Schools reject students if they want to. Schools defer students when they want to see how they’ll stand up against the rest of the regular decision applicants so when you’re deferred, you’re put into the regular decision pool. 

Keep in mind that a majority of students who apply early will either be deferred or rejected. It may seem like it at first, but being deferred isn’t the end of the world. It’s not a read on who you are as a person and it certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t get into other schools. Again, a deferral is not a rejection. 

What is the difference between bring deferred and rejected?  

Being deferred is like texting your crush and being left on read. Being rejected is like texting your crush and them responding by telling you never to contact them again and then blocking your number. (If you’re a parent reading this, ask your kid what being left on read means)

Does my kid have a shot at getting in regular decision?

It’s always a good idea to hedge your bet and assume you’re not getting in. There’s a very slim chance (less than 10% if you’re applying to an Ivy League school) of getting in regular decision after being deferred early.

What I do now?

 We’ve answered that here.

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