If you are reading this discussion thread then you are most likely one of the students who was disappointed when you received your Early Decision notification on December 15. Let me start by saying you should not lose hope. A number of ED deferred applicants are admitted every year, and are provided the same chance of admission as the applicants who apply Regular Decision. At Johns Hopkins we do not defer all applicants who are not admitted ED; we do deny some of ED applicants who we determine do not have a chance for admission in the Regular Decision review process. Deferred applicants do have a second chance.
Here is a list of suggestions and advice that I feel will be helpful in better understanding the process and the decision. I hope this post and subsequent discussion will assist you as you move forward over the next few weeks and months.
(1) Apply to other schools. Though obvious, your chance for admission to Johns Hopkins is not guaranteed and you want to make sure you have options.
(2) Make sure you update the academic portion of your application. This would include mid-year grades (which will play a MAJOR role in your re-review), additional standardized test scores if available, and even an updated letter of recommendation from your guidance counselor.
(3) Consider updating the non-academic portion of your application. Though not required, an updated resume and an additional letter of recommendation (especially from a senior year teacher) can always help. Just make sure anything you add contributes to your application. Do not be redundant.
(4) Write a letter to the admissions committee. Though not something all deferred applicants need to do or even should do, some of you may consider writing a personal letter to the Admissions Committee stressing your interest in Hopkins and why you feel you are an appropriate candidate for admissions. Consider this a cover letter to your overall application.
(5) What not to do:
*Do not request an interview—they are not available for deferred applicants.
*Do not repeatedly contact the Admissions staff. Update your application, ask questions if you need to, but do not stalk. You will get your final decision at the end of March along with the other RD applicants.
*Do not ask to meet one-on-one with a staff member. We need to focus on reviewing Regular Decision applications and, unfortunately, we do not have the time to meet with each deferred applicant.
*And do not ask why you were deferred. We do not discuss individual applicant's cases nor the reasons behind our decisions.
(6) Most importantly, have a stellar senior year academically. The most important part of the review of an early decision deferred applicant is their academic progress throughout senior year.
We know you have additional questions, so feel free to post them below.