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Deferred by Matt McGann '00

A forum for students who were deferred.

In the near future, we’ll have some advice here on the blogs for students who have been deferred. In the meantime, feel free to use this forum to chat.

100 responses to “Deferred”

  1. Zev says:

    Yup. Deferred. (exhales slightly)

  2. Xaq says:


  3. stephanie says:

    well, there’s always march, right?

  4. Justin says:

    Deferred…dang it.

  5. Rachel says:

    I guess I belong in this group. = )

    Better than what it could have been eh.

  6. David says:

    nobody has posted in admitted yet…

  7. Amy says:

    aww deferred. that means I have to study extra-hard for finals that are next week…

  8. Leko says:

    Wow, late March is a long time from now…

  9. MorganM says:

    Do we really have to wait until March? Ughhh

  10. Xaq says:

    Well, at least we are the majority lol, they don’t accept a lot of EA’s, they defer most of us

  11. Spencerlt says:

    gah…deferred. I knew that was the most likely outcome and it’s definitely not the worst, but still…got all stressed out for today, and then all of a sudden I have to wait for march.

  12. ase says:

    i wish i could’ve just known now,
    but hey at least they still want to know some more about us, right?

  13. Anonymous says:

    i read that those who are deferred can appeal to the admissions staff. what’s that about?

  14. Anonymous says:

    nuuuuuuuuuu! deferral!

  15. richard says:

    That’s depressing.
    But there’s still hope.

  16. Pooja says:

    There ARE people who have been deferred but then subsequently admitted through regular decision…
    Keep up the hopes, eh?

  17. Anonymous says:

    well, it seems to be the trend. alright, there’s still a chance. don’t worry too much.

  18. molly says:

    yeah – thats the worst part. i got all stressed and now i have to wait til march. ughh.

  19. Aaron says:

    It’d be nice if we could fix up our application a little. I have better versions of my essays, and it might help if I could put them in place of my old ones.

  20. angus says:

    Deferred as well, what does that mean exactly, what will you be looking for that might “tip the ship” so to speak? Is there a percentage of deferred students that get accepted? thanks

  21. Daniel says:

    Deferred.. Not a big deal

  22. Anonymous says:

    Yech, deferral. Looks like I’ll be spending the rest of my weekend working on other applications then, how fun.

  23. Phillip says:

    Now we have to go through all of this again in 3 months…

  24. Mike says:

    Another three months to go. And now back to studying for exams…

  25. Anonymous says:

    Here’s to three more months of waiting…yeah

  26. dan says:

    another long wait.

  27. jackson says:

    bummer.. now I’ve got to work on my other applications :(

  28. Anonymous says:

    Hmm…this means extra studying. I was looking forward to not freaking out about school, but I guess it’s still too soon for that :-(

  29. bunny says:

    Rar! Sadtimes…

    Does anyone know if I can submit additional information for my regular application, if anything substantial has happened in the few months?

  30. Paul says:


  31. christine says:

    Deferred? I got stressed about being accepted or rejected and now I’m neither?


  32. Anonymous says:

    que sera sera


  33. Alex says:

    At least we are getting another shot in March, hopefully we’ll get in then.

  34. Deferred as well. Oh well, now for the wait until March.

  35. vivek says:

    Soo… do we need to submit anything more or resend our scores or do we just let it sit until march?

  36. Anonymous says:

    deferred…. i just wanna know already ahhh =.=

  37. Kevin Simon says:

    Deferred, it doesn’t feel as bad as I thought that it was going to feel though.

  38. Steve '11 says:

    Don’t despair!

    A lot of deferred people are admitted in regular action. I’m one of them. It is not a “polite rejection” – they really want to evaluate you again. I recommend writing a letter sometime in January explaining what you’ve been up to recently, and how much you still love MIT despite feeling betrayed (okay, don’t put it like that).

    And even if you don’t get in regular, being deferred from MIT means you can probably get in to many other great schools. I’m sure bloggers will give you more advice on that sort of stuff later.


  39. Anonymous says:

    Yes! I feel exactly how I did 10 minutes ago!

  40. lindseuse says:

    Well, at least I still have my weighted companion cube.

    Oh wait I incinerated him.

    Till March then.

  41. Anand says:

    Ah well, deferred – now I gotta finish other apps :/

  42. Louis II says:

    Anticlimactic in the utmost. Crimety, what a disappointment.

    I wish you all luck in late March!

  43. Stefania says:

    :( MARCH is a long time

  44. Johonaton says:

    Eh….disappointing, but it doesn’t surprise me.

    Is there a way to fix up our applications after the fact? Anything like that would be nice, there’s a few errors I spotted later on that I really wish I could fix.

    At the very least I’d like to resubmit my essay. In the process of uploading my essay, part of a sentence got chopped out (causing a strange grammatical error) and I didn’t catch the error until after I had submitted it.

  45. Anonymous says:

    I guess life should never be easy- it would just be sad if it stopped here…

  46. alyssa says:


    what percentage of students that are deferred get admitted?

  47. Raghav says:

    God bless for March RD

  48. Trevor says:

    Well, they still accept a few hundred more from the early action pool right? More waiting for those of us trapped in limbo then, and best wishes to those who were accepted!

  49. anon says:

    wow that was quick….
    even i got deferred =/

  50. Brad says:

    Ugh. I was envisioning this outcome, but I still had the slight hope deep inside that I would be admitted. I know there’s the review in March, but unfortunately this still puts a damper on things. It would have been great to know immediately that I was going to be at MIT next year, but now I must focus on other applications just in case. I know I would be fine at other schools, but I really feel like MIT is my destiny. It makes you wonder… what made the application committee decide to not accept you right away?

  51. Anonymous says:

    kind of expected…. but still hurts.

  52. marissa says:

    deferred..time to continue working on other apps… :/

  53. deferred... says: I wasn’t deferred from MIT, but still deferred.

    It’s disappointing, but there’s still hope!

  54. Anon Y. Mous says:

    I guess I should start writing a letter of appeal…

  55. confuzzeled says:

    deffered. darn… now all this stress over again… and the wait and anticipation [for three months!!]! oi! I think I would like some advice on how to feel? how many deferred actually get accepted later on?? *sigh* I guess I can keep dreaming about being at MIT next fall… for another three months…

  56. ARjun says:

    Deferred, whatever, we’s got March still

  57. Giordon says:

    Deferred, ehh… Seems like EA doesn’t really affect the percentage that gets into MIT, never fear, there’s always 3 more months of panic attacks, anxiety attacks, and waking up in the middle of the night realizing you haven’t gone to bed yet…. tongue laugh

  58. Anonymous says:

    my birthday is in late march. first i thought this decision was going to make or break my christmastime but its going to decide if i have a good birthday or not. :[

  59. sean says:

    Ugh…Oh well.
    All I can do is hope for march, in the meantime I’ll have to work on those other applications. How annoying.

  60. Ken says:

    Deferred as well… but still have a second chance in March~

    /doesn’t give up hope just yet.

  61. Anonymous says:

    How do you know if you’ve been deferred? Is there an indicator on

  62. Anonymous says:

    Lower your expectations, and you’ll never be disappointed!


  63. Anonymous says:

    Can someone elaborate on the “appeal letters”?

  64. platypus01 says:

    I know there’s still march, bit I still feel so empty inside now… :(

    this is going to be painful….

  65. Anonymous says:

    robotics competitions are late march…. and i might not have internet access…. GRRRR

  66. R(2n-1) says:

    Hey everyone!!!

    Heads up! We still have a chance!!

  67. fandebiao says:

    does anyone know the ratio of admitted vs. deferred vs. not admitted?

  68. I feel pwned. I’m certain I was deferred because of my lower-than-average GPA, which is good, because my grades are much, much better this semester and hopefully that’ll convince them. So three cheers for staying in the game, to all of us.

  69. Anonymous says:

    oh well; could have been worse.

  70. Derek says:

    BLAH have to wait till March and do more applications! ugh BLAH

  71. Anonymous says:

    Is there an indicator on as to if you’ve been deferred?

  72. R(2n-1) says:

    We need the spirit of an MIT student right now!!!!

    We do not give up!!!

  73. Still wondering if there’s an indicator on… can someone answer?

  74. tOts says:


    but think about it this way–your def qualified for MIT if you’ve come this far, so don’t lose hope!! In march, they’ll be bangin out acceptances to us!!

  75. Justin says:

    Go here to find out if you are accepted, deferred or rejected:

  76. Anonymous says:

    It’s not a positive result, but it’s still a relieving one. Now to wait on UMD (2nd choice), apply to UVA and Hope College… And then to wait on MIT again. :k

  77. Anonymous says:

    @ pi

    I think deferred status is only given on not

  78. Anonymous says:

    I think this year, 3900 applied EA and only 500 were accepted.

    In past years, about 300 of the deferred get accepted RD.

    I’m glad I was deferred and not outright rejected, whether you like it or not, it’s still another chance. Although I do have to admit that it would’ve been cool to get the tube.

  79. bejia says:

    Ahh… Deferred. I can tell myself to cheer up, and there’s always RD in March, but it seems so long away and I’m bummed now… Chin up, everyone. We piqued the interest of the MIT adcoms at least enough so that they’re giving us a second chance, right? Good luck to everyone who got deferred, and hopefully we’ll have better luck in March!

  80. Ahh, thank you Justin, I’ve been deferred as I predicted…

  81. Travis says:

    Yep…it’s a long time until March. Until then, I guess we had better enjoy everything else we’ve been doing.

    :( So sad.

  82. Anonymous says:

    what a present for the holidays…

  83. Anonymous says:

    okay, 3.14159, do you mean an indicator that will tell you if you got in or not?
    That’s as easy as pi.
    (sorry, couldn’t resist)
    Go to

    and type in your id and password. It should tell you your status.
    Good luck.

  84. stephanie says:

    Well, even though it feels like I just fell 50 feet onto a nice pile of rocks, at least we weren’t flat out rejected, right?