Expert College Advisor from International College Counselors Offers Advice on Getting Off the Deferral List

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International College Counselors CEO Mandee Heller Adler offers deferred students tips on getting off the college deferral list. The expert college advisors at Miami-headquartered International College Counselors have helped hundreds of students navigate the undergraduate and graduate college admission process.

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Colleges are looking for the best applications, regardless of when they were submitted.

Admissions offices at colleges around the country are now starting to sort through all their deferred candidates.

The deferred students are seniors who applied for "early action" from colleges. Students who applied early but were not admitted early, get their applications once again considered by the admissions committee during regular action.

These students have no advantage or disadvantage over the regular action college applications.

“Deferred students have a chance of being accepted,” said CEO of International College Counselors Mandee Heller Adler, “There was a reason they weren’t rejected outright. However, there was also a reason these applicants were deferred, and it usually has to do with the overall competitiveness of the applicants. Colleges are looking for the best applications, regardless of when they were submitted.”

For the deferred students to stay competitive, college counselor Adler strongly recommends they maintain their senior-year grades.

“All colleges will want to see the midyear grades from deferred applicants,” said Adler, CEO and college advisor at Miami-headquartered International College Counselors.

Students should also submit any meaningful new accomplishments, leadership positions, awards or updated test scores. They should also send a personal letter stressing their interest in the school and explaining why they are an appropriate candidate for admissions, explained Miami college advisor Adler.

Other strategies include visiting the college again and reasserting interest in the school. Also helpful is for a current teacher to write a letter of recommendation emphasizing why the student will be a good fit for the college.

“If a deferred student gets rejected, he or she should remember it’s not the end of the world. Disappointment is a natural reaction, but there are also many reasons to stay positive. There are many colleges where a student can be happy, not just one.”

For more information, please contact an expert college counselor at

International College Counselors
(954) 414-9986

Office Locations

Boca Raton: 1200 Federal Highway
Hollywood: 4700 Sheridan Street
Miami Beach: 801 Arthur Godfrey Road
Palm Beach Gardens: 800 Village Square Crossing
White Plains, New York: 150 Grand Street

About International College Counselors

International College Counselors is a Miami-based company that provides expert college counseling on undergraduate and graduate college admissions, financial aid, tuition, essays, and college applications. The college admissions counselors at International College Counselors work with domestic and international students. International College Counselors, founded by Mandee Heller Adler, tailors college counseling and college coaching services to address the goals, needs, and dreams of each student.


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