The Ivy Coach Daily

December 10, 2023

What To Do After Being Deferred by Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis’ crest, which includes the Latin inscription for "This is our truth," rests atop an iron gate on campus.

Were you deferred in the Early Decision round by Washington University in St. Louis? If so, the game isn’t over yet. You’re still in the running for admission to the Class of 2028 since WashU denies plenty of applicants each year. So, what are your odds of turning your deferral into an offer of admission, and how can you optimize your case for admission? Let’s dive in!

WashU Early Decision Admissions Statistics

In recent years, WashU has been one of the more cryptic elite universities, withholding most of their key Early Decision I and Early Decision II admissions figures. That said, the school has released some Early Decision admissions statistics over the last six years — just not many.

Below is a list of the Early Decision admissions statistics WashU has released. If it seems sporadic and inconsistent, yes, it seems the school releases or withholds data when it so wishes.

WashU Class YearNumber of Early Decision ApplicationsNumber of Early Decision AcceptancesEarly Decision Acceptance Rate (Combined ED I + ED II)
Class of 2028Not PublishedNot PublishedNot Published
Class of 2027Not PublishedNot Published26%
Class of 2026Not PublishedNot PublishedNot Published
Class of 2025Not Published713 (ED I only)Not Published
Class of 2024Not PublishedNot PublishedNot Published
Class of 2023Not PublishedNot Published38%

5 Steps to Take After Being Deferred by WashU

Below is Ivy Coach’s five-step recommended game plan for deferred WashU candidates:

  1. Hit the road and go for a run or jump in a pool for a swim. It’s important to clear your head for a moment before tackling your deferral.
  2. Schedule a complimentary consultation with Ivy Coach within a day of your deferral to learn about our service. Don’t burn days after your deferral laying on your bed, listening to Taylor Swift. You need to take action, well, swiftly.
  3. Complete a PostMortem application review with Ivy Coach. We’ll tell you what went wrong, what went right, what you need to focus on for your Letter of Continued Interest, and what changes you should make for your Regular Decision schools.
  4. Submit a powerful Letter of Continued Interest with Ivy Coach’s assistance. Most students know that they should submit a letter post-deferral, but the letters most students submit do them no favor. When they brag or update WashU on all they’ve done in the six weeks since they first applied, our students inspire admissions officers to root for them. It’s a big reason why they’re so often effective.
  5. Bring your powerful Letter of Continued Interest to your school counselor in the New Year to see if they’ll make an advocacy call to WashU on your behalf. Good school counselors will make the call. Lazy school counselors will come up with an excuse not to do so.

WashU Deferral FAQ

Does WashU defer and deny applicants or only deny?

WashU defers some ED applicants and denies others. As WashU has kept its Early Decision I, Early Decision II, and combined Early Decision admissions statistics close to the vest in recent years, it should be little surprise that the school doesn’t release the percentage of applicants deferred vs. the percentage denied.

Has Ivy Coach had success turning deferrals into offers of admission at WashU?

We sure have. In fact, we’re coming off a year in which we batted a thousands. For you non-baseball folks, that means we had a perfect season at WashU last year for students who came to us after their deferrals.

Do students have better odds of earning admission through Early Decision I or Early Decision II at WashU?

Students have better odds of earning admission to WashU through Early Decision I compared to Early Decision II. The reason? Elite colleges like WashU are more lenient earlier on in the admissions process — when they’re most insecure.

After all, they don’t know if they’ll land a large applicant pool. They don’t know if they’ll land a strong applicant pool. By the time Early Decision II rolls around, admissions officers can already see the full Regular Decision pool. So they become more secure and less lenient.

Do we anticipate this will be a record year for WashU’s Class of 2028?

No, WashU slipped from #15 to #24 in this year’s US News & World Report ranking — through no fault of its own but instead due to changes in US News’ algorithm. But, as a result, Ivy Coach’s crystal ball does not forecast a record year this year for the university.

However, we wouldn’t be surprised if WashU, long a school that nears the top of the charts for Jewish campus life, plucked some applicants who otherwise would have applied Early Decision to Cornell University but have been disappointed by the Ivy League institution’s response to rising antisemitism. There’s typically quite a bit of overlap between WashU and Cornell applicants.

Ivy Coach’s Assistance with Your WashU Deferral

Across all of America’s highly selective universities, Ivy Coach’s WashU batting average of turning deferrals into offers of admission is among our highest. So, if you play your cards right, there’s very much still hope.

If you’re interested in optimizing your chances of admission to WashU after receiving notice of your deferral, fill out Ivy Coach’s complimentary consultation form, and we’ll be in touch to delineate our college counseling services for deferred seniors

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