Several campuses reported an increased number of early admissions applicants. Given the increased number of early applicants, there are a number of students who may be disappointed to learn that their application has been deferred to the Regular Decision pool or denied.
As I learned from fellow colleagues, the deferrals were higher this year than in the past. I have mixed feelings about deferrals because students are left in limbo. What’s worse is that some students probably are now scrambling to write essays and get recommendations for colleges that they hadn’t anticipated. Many of those colleges may have a January deadline, which really adds pressure.
As a Regular Decision applicant, students may decide that the odds are not in their favor if colleges have already accepted a large percentage of the class in early rounds. There are a number of factors still to determine who will be admitted through the Regular Decision pool. Students really can’t make that decision based on their own application so they should still apply to those colleges that are a great fit for them.