The Ivy Coach Daily

December 11, 2023

What To Do After Being Deferred by Boston College

Gasson Hall is featured beyond a road on a fall night at Boston College.
Early Decision notifications have been released for BC’s Class of 2028 (photo credit: BCLicious).

Were you deferred by Boston College, one of this year’s first schools to release notifications to the Class of 2028, in the Early Decision I round? If so, you’re likely wondering if you genuinely have a shot of earning admission to your dream school in the Regular Decision round or if it would be more worthwhile to cut bait and focus on the other schools to which you’ll be applying. So, let’s dive in!

Boston College Early Decision Admissions Statistics

This Early Decision cycle marks the fifth consecutive year in which Boston College has offered a binding policy. Before the Class of 2024, BC had a non-binding Early Action policy. The Early Decision (or in the case of the Classes of 2023 and 2022, Early Action) statistics for Boston College over the last several years are below:

Boston College Class YearNumber of Early Decision Applications (Combined ED I & ED II)Number of Early Decision Acceptances (Combined ED I & ED II)Early Decision  Acceptance Rate (Combined ED I & ED II)
Class of 2028Not Yet PublishedNot Yet PublishedNot Yet Published
Class of 20274,4331,33030%
Class of 20264,4431,25028%
Class of 20253,2211,26039%
Class of 20242,7501,01837%
Class of 2023*15,682~4,45028%
Class of 2022*10,350~3,20031%
* An Early Action policy was in place at BC.

5 Steps to Take If You’ve Been Deferred by Boston College

If you’ve been deferred by Boston College, we recommend you adhere to the following five-step game plan:

  1. Take a breath. You need to take the fight to BC so you can turn your deferral into an offer of admission in Regular Decision. But first, you need to breathe.
  2. Sign up for a complimentary consultation with Ivy Coach to learn about our go-forward services for deferred BC candidates.
  3. Suffer through a PostMortem with Ivy Coach in which we dissect your application. This way, you’ll know what went wrong, what went right, and what needs to change for your Regular Decision schools so you don’t repeat mistakes.
  4. Submit a wow Letter of Continued Interest to BC with Ivy Coach’s assistance. While most students know that they should submit a letter to BC after their deferral, in almost every instance, they take the wrong approach in said letter. The secret sauce of Ivy Coach’s letters — and the reason they’ve been so effective over the last three decades — is they contain no brags and no updates. Oh, want more details? We did mention it’s our secret sauce, right?
  5. Bring your submitted Letter of Continued Interest to your school counselor in the New Year in the hope they’ll make an advocacy call on your behalf. You’ll have already submitted your letter in early to mid-December to BC. But in the New Year, your counselor can call the BC admissions office and present you as you told your story in your letter. Some school counselors won’t make advocacy calls, but good ones always will.

What Not To Do If You’ve Been Deferred by Boston College

  1. Don’t call the BC admissions office to find out why you were deferred. You’ll only annoy them and the answer you get will rarely be the genuine answer anyway.
  2. Don’t email the BC admissions office to find out why you were deferred for the same reason as above.
  3. Don’t get in the car or book a flight to meet with BC’s admissions committee. They do not want to meet with deferred candidates.
  4. After submitting your Letter of Continued Interest, don’t pepper the school with calls, emails, and further letters. Such moves will only drown out the power of your letter and render you a gadfly in their eyes.
  5. Don’t even think of trying to torpedo the cases for admission of other applicants to BC from your high school. That would be very un-Jesuit of you!

BC Deferral FAQ

Does BC admit, defer, and deny both Early Decision I and Early Decision II candidates?

Yes, BC admits, defers, and denies in both Early Decision rounds of admission.

Is a BC deferral meaningful?

Yes, a BC deferral is meaningful because, unlike some other elite universities that shall remain nameless, the school denies many Early Decision candidates rather than string students who have no shot of getting in along.

As BC’s admissions committee states on its website, “Admit, Defer, or Deny. Highly competitive candidates not admitted through Early Decision will be deferred for additional consideration in our Regular Decision round. Candidates who would not be competitive in our Regular Decision process will be denied admission. This allows them to focus their time and effort on other options for college.”

Ivy Coach’s Assistance with BC Deferral

If you’re interested in optimizing your chances of turning your Early Decision deferral from BC into an offer of admission in Regular Decision, complete Ivy Coach’s complimentary consultation form, and we’ll be in touch to outline our college counseling services for deferred candidates.

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