Q: Why do schools defer applicants?

A: Awww....this is a tough one. Schools defer students who, when compared to other students, seem academically weaker and therefore, they want to evaluate them along with the regular decision applicant pool. Schools also defer students if the student is stronger academically than their typical applicant/student. This they do to protect their yield. If they think that the student will not accept the school and instead go to a higher ranking school, they may end up being deferred. I know, this is messed up and it is a really difficult time for those who have been deferred. You were not rejected (thank God!) but were not accepted and instead are thrown in with the RD pool. But you must see this as another chance in the process! Please read this article on what to do if you were deferred!