If you applied to a college via Early Decision and you were deferred but still seek to gain admission, make sure you do something about it. In college admissions you’ve got to be proactive. Does that mean calling admissions officers every hour on the hour? No. That would be harassment. Does that mean sending freshly baked pies to the office of admissions? No, that’s just plain weird. If you are one of the deferred applicants, the trick is to be proactive in a smart, tactical way.
If you become an Intel Science Talent Search semi-finalist, that is information that you should absolutely share with admissions officers at the college that deferred you. That’s the kind of information that can absolutely turn a deferral into an acceptance. If you publish a book that makes the “New York Times Bestseller List,” you should definitely share that important information with admissions! By the way, if you happen to write a book that lands on the “Bestseller List,” there’s a very good chance you’ll have an offer of admission in your inbox later that day. That’s the kind of tidbit that admissions offices can brag about. We’ve got a “New York Times” bestselling writer in our incoming class! We can hear it now!
In addition to updating the admissions office at the college that deferred you with your significant accomplishments (note: this does not include updating them on every little accomplishment in your day to day life — don’t do that as it’ll only hurt you!), you should write what we call a “letter of enthusiasm.” In a creative way, write to your regional admissions officer and let them know how much you still want to go to the school that you committed early to and write why you would be an integral component of the incoming class. This letter can go a long way! And so can a call from your guidance counselor so speak to your guidance counselor. Cultivate a great relationship with him or her so that your guidance counselor will go to bat for you!