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What is the difference between a defferal and a waitlist?

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What is the difference between a defferal and a waitlist?
« on: April 04, 2007, 08:45:26 AM »
Hey,

This late in the game, what is the difference between a waitlist and a defferal?
I haven't been able to find a clear explanation of this.

Thanks.

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Re: What is the difference between a defferal and a waitlist?
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2007, 08:47:32 AM »
Hey,

This late in the game, what is the difference between a waitlist and a defferal?
I haven't been able to find a clear explanation of this.

Thanks.

If I understand correctly, they won't pull waitlisters off until they've gone through the deferred pile first. If that's not true, then that sucks.

Re: What is the difference between a defferal and a waitlist?
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2007, 08:56:40 AM »
There have been a few threads on this in the past.  Here is one of them:

http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php?topic=81869.msg1977034

ps.  you can still search the forum, you just have to do it from the main page.

Hope this helps!

Re: What is the difference between a defferal and a waitlist?
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2007, 09:03:14 AM »
Yes, I believe that an application that is "on hold" or "deferred" will be reviewed again at a later date--usually after the seat deposits at that particular school are due so the school has a better idea of who is actually attending.  Deferrals are supposedly better than waitlists since admissions will review your application again and make a decision one way or another.  I believe schools go to their deferral list before their waitlist, too.

And, I think you receive an ultimate decision faster with a deferred application--usually April/May, where as with a waitlist, they'll probably contact you sometime in the summer--maybe even as late as the day before classes start.

Hope this helps!