University of San Francisco professor Ruth Starkman says it gives an early admissions candidate freedom:
Consider the deferral letter like any other job application where the employer has said the vetting process is incomplete and asks you to wait. Now you have two options: You are no longer bound to that school and may have indeed changed your mind about it being your “one and only” after all. In this case, celebrate and prepare for your other options.
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Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.