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Deferred at Yale - What now?

So I just got the news that I've been deferred from Yale, which has always been my dream school. Has anyone here come back from a deferral and ultimately got an acceptance? What should I do now to better my chances in the regular decision round? Thanks for any help!

7 months ago

Firstly, don't lose hope because a deferral is not a rejection. Many students who have been deferred end up getting admitted in the Regular Decision round. Here are some steps you can take to increase your chances:

1. Update your application: Keep Yale informed about any new achievements, awards, extracurricular involvements, or significant contributions since your initial application. You can submit a letter of continued interest (LOCI), which is usually sent via email to the admissions office. Make sure this letter is concise and highlights any meaningful updates to your application.

2. Continue to excel academically: Colleges value an upward trend in your grades, so maintain or improve your academic performance in your senior year. Colleges want to be reassured that you're prepared for the challenges of their courses, and strong grade performance is a great way to demonstrate that.

3. Seek additional recommendation letters: If you have another teacher, coach, or mentor who can provide a unique perspective of your character, abilities, or accomplishments, ask them to write a recommendation letter on your behalf. Make sure it adds new information that hasn't already been covered in previous letters.

4. Engage with the Yale community: If possible, visit the campus, attend virtual events, or connect with current Yale students and alumni. This helps you demonstrate sincere interest in the school and learn more about the Yale experience.

5. Keep up your extracurricular activities: Stay involved and committed to your current extracurriculars. Expanding your leadership roles can be particularly helpful, as Yale values students who make a significant impact on their communities.

Lastly, remember to apply to other institutions in the Regular Decision round and have a balanced list of target, reach, and safety schools. It's essential to remain optimistic but also realistic and have backup options.

Good luck, and I hope your hard work pays off in the next admission round!

7 months ago

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