« on: December 16, 2005, 05:15:08 PM »
The other way to look at it is that you'll be remembered. A "fresh" applicant in the heat of the cycle might get a five minute look from one reader. As a deferral, you'll be on an adcomm's mind longer and they'll trust their own judgment for keeping you around in the first place.
Early applications also demonstrate that you're someone who can meet a deadline and take initiative.
That's assuming the same committee looks at your application again. I was under the impression that schools often turn over deferals to additional committee members for review.