« on: February 11, 2007, 07:04:57 AM »
In terms of preference, I'm leaning towards deferral because it means you'll still get a decision by the application deadline, where waitlists you're pretty much guaranteed not to hear anything until after. Now, from a "better chances to get in" perspective, yes waitlists do indicate the school's willingness to accept you (provided space needs to be filled) where a deferral means nothing in terms of that, and certainly could mean an outright rejection. So, I'd say if its a school you really have your heart set on, and wouldn't mind putting a deposit down somewhere else and waiting into the summer, then you'd def. want a waitlist. If its just a school you want a decision from before you put down that deposit, def. you want a deferral.