For the school you were deferred from, write a letter to the admissions representative for your area. In it, you should:
- Restate why the school is a fit for you – be as specific as you can by referring to programs you are interested in, classes you visited, professors you met, etc.
- If the school is still your top choice, make it clear that you will attend if you are admitted. Schools want to keep their yields up, so it is important to them that they admit students who will actually enroll.
- Enclose an additional recommendation – preferably from a senior year teacher in your area of interest – who can attest to your genuine intellectual interest in this subject.
- Include a list of any achievements or awards you have attained since you first applied.
For the rest of the schools on your list:
- Review your application. Look for areas that need updating or revision.
- Spend time on the supplemental essays for your Regular Decision schools. It can be difficult to give these essays your best effort when you are waiting to hear back from your top choice; you need to give these essays the same level of attention that you did with the first round.
- Schedule interviews if they are offered.
- Don’t forget to request transcripts from your counseling office and send your standardized test scores from the testing agency.
Continue to show interest in all of your schools by opening ALL emails and visiting if you haven’t already. Review your list, and make sure that you have one or two schools on your list that you would actually attend. Consider Early Decision II if any of your colleges offer that option. Like EDI, Early Decision II is binding, so you are agreeing to enroll at that school if admitted. Keep those grades up, and be sure that your mid-year grades are sent from your counseling office. Try to stay positive, and enjoy all of those important high school milestones – believe it or not, you are almost halfway through senior year!