You’ve been deferred. What does that mean?
Some of you may have been a little confused when you saw your admissions decision as “Deferred Until Final Review.” Hopefully this post will help you understand what it really means to be deferred.
If you are deferred, we just need some additional time to consider your application before making the final admissions decision. Since we have more than one application filing period, we do not know how many students will end up applying for admission by the final January 2nd deadline. Therefore, we cannot make a final admissions decision on some priority applicants. Again, the admissions review committee has everything that they need to make your final admissions decision. It is not necessary to send any additional information such as senior year grades or letters of recommendation. We do not consider these factors for admission.
Rest assured, you are still being considered for your original program of study. We also consider applicants for alternate avenues of admission to related academic programs based upon a student’s personal and professional interests. This also includes our Division of General Studies. Please keep in mind that in years past, well over 50% of deferred students have been admitted to Illinois in either their original program or an alternate program.
Final admissions decisions will be available online on Friday, February 17th at 4 p.m. Central Time. If you have any other questions about being deferred, please check out the Deferred FAQ.