Some schools send applicants a letter after four to six weeks telling them they have been "deferred" or "placed on hold." A hold is a determination that your file is too marginal for a decision just yet. You are neither a presumptive admit nor a presumptive deny. The school wants to defer a decision for a while. The surest way to know that this letter is a "hold" letter and not a wait list letter is that it says you will hear from them again at a later date (which may or may not be specified).
Just got a deferral as well. 169 and 3.62. It wasn't a surprise as I went complete ages ago, but it seems so weird to be deferred at Georgetown when i've already gotten into better schools.
Quote from: joyce615 on December 03, 2007, 06:36:27 PMwhereas a waitlist is just a polite rejection.I think this really depends on the school. If you are high on the list at GULC you've got a good shot, whereas a WL at Cornell or USC is pretty much a rejection.
whereas a waitlist is just a polite rejection.
This thread has me wondering what the Georgetown AdCom is smoking. A few weeks ago, it seemed like everyone and their mother was getting in...now the proverbial well has dried up, or so it seems. Maybe they realized there were just too many great candidates and they best stop being so generous with their acceptances...? I don't know. I really am surprised that some of the stats posted here have yielded deferrals.