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Columbia Early Decision deferral rate?

Hi all, I'm applying Early Decision to Columbia and I'm a little stressed. Does anyone know the deferral rate for applicants who apply ED? If you get deferred, what can you do to improve your chances for Regular Decision? Would love to hear any insights.

6 months ago

Hi! I understand the stress of applying Early Decision and waiting for results. The deferral rate can vary from year to year, but it's generally around 20-25% of applicants who apply ED to Columbia. Keep in mind that this percentage is not absolute, and the deferral rate may change depending on the application pool for that year.

If you do end up getting deferred, there are a few things you can do to improve your chances of acceptance during the Regular Decision round:

1. Update your application: Send the admissions office any additional relevant materials to supplement your application. This can include your most recent semester's grades, awards, or recognition you've received since your initial application, or any significant extracurricular accomplishments.

2. Write a "Letter of Continued Interest" (LOCI): A LOCI is a letter you send to the admissions office expressing your ongoing interest in attending Columbia and emphasizing why you believe you are an excellent fit for the university. Be sure to mention any updates to your academics or extracurriculars, as well as any personal growth or new insights that may have developed since you submitted your application. Keep this letter concise and sincere.

3. Stay involved in your community: Continue to participate in your extracurricular activities and consider taking on additional roles or responsibilities to demonstrate your commitment, leadership, and growth.

4. Maintain your academic performance: Keep working hard and maintaining, or even improving, your current grades. A strong academic performance during your senior year can help make a favorable impression on the admissions committee.

In any case, it's always a good idea to have a backup plan and apply to other schools during the Regular Decision round. I hope this information is helpful and best of luck with your application!

6 months ago

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