What it means when you’ve been “Deferred”

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You have submitted your application materials and find out your application has been deferred. What does that mean??? 

Definition of Deferred
Admission to UNF has become more and more competitive over the past five years. Consequently, we often choose to defer students who we think may become admissible in the future (rather than denying their application).  In other words, we consider the possibility of accepting the student at a later time. Four primary reasons a student’s application may be deferred:

Test Scores: Your GPA is fine but your SAT and/or ACT need a little work. Either your composite score is not quite competitive enough (but close), or one or more of your subsection scores doesn’t meet the required State minimums.

GPA: Your ACT/SAT scores are admissible, but your recalculated GPA is a too low.

Combination: Either your ACT/SAT scores and GPA are slightly too low, or the combination of your GPA and scores is boarder-line and just one or the other needs to be raised (Example: a student with a 3.9 GPA and a 23 ACT may be admitted, as would a student with a 3.2 GPA and a 24 ACT. However a student with a 3.2 GPA and a 23 ACT may be deferred).

Unit Deficient: Based on your transcript it appears you will not have enough credits of a certain subject and we have not been able to confirm if this in fact is the case. It also means that your grades and test scores have not been reviewed for admissibility.

What You Need to Do
First, contact your admissions recruiter or the Office of Admissions to find out why you were deferred. Note that because of Federal Privacy Laws, we will not be able to tell you over the phone or via email what your GPA and test scores are.  We will however be able to tell you what we are looking for, and strategize with you about how you can become admissible.

Test Scores: For students who are deferred due to low test scores we suggest retaking the next available SAT and/or ACT test. We will let you know if it is a specific subsection that you need to increase or if we want to see an increase in your overall composite score. Remember, UNF uses super-scoring so you won’t be penalized if you retest and score lower in certain sections. We take the highest score from each subsection.

GPA: If you were deferred due to a low GPA, you must send an updated transcript once your next set of grades are available. In addition to semester grades, we will accept a 9-weeks or quarter grade report. Do remember though that quarter grades may not make a significant difference in your GPA. Be sure to do well in your classes because, unlike your test scores, a bad grade could have a negative effect on your admissibility.

Combination: Student who were deferred due to a combination of low GPA and low test scores should be prepared to both retest and submit updated grades.

Unit Deficient: This is the easiest to clear. Just call and confirm your “in-progress” classes. If we can verify that you will have the required number of credits for each subject, your application is cleared for review. This means that you could be admitted, denied, or re-deferred for one of the above reasons.

When Will You Find Out?
Your application will not be re-evaluated until we receive updated test scores and/or grades. Once you have submitted the updated information, we review deferred applications on a weekly basis. You are encouraged to contact us once you think we should have received the updated information. There will come a point in the Spring (or once our Freshman class is full) where we review all applications still in a deferred status and make a final decision. If your application is still deferred at that time, we suggest you have a back-up plan for starting school (a plan that we are happy to help you with).

Final Thoughts
Remember, if you have applied early enough, you should have plenty of time to retest or raise your grades if needed. Your admissions recruiter is the best resource to help answer questions and to strategize a plan of action. Don’t know who your recruiter is? Below is a list of UNF recruiters by region (look for your county). If you aren’t sure who to contact you should call the Office of Admissions – anyone available will be happy to help!

Region: Florida Region 1-Panhandle
Recruiter: Ryan Walker
Phone: (904)620-1111
Email: r.walker@unf.edu
Counties in region:  Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsen, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton, Washington

Region: Florida Region 2-Northeast FL
Recruiter: Courtney Morrot
Phone: (904)620-2697
Email: court.morrot@unf.edu
Counties in region:  Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, Suwanee, St. Johns, Union

Region: Florida Region 3-East Central FL
Recruiter: Brittany Stromquist
Phone: (904)620-5423
Email: britt.stromquist@unf.edu
Counties in region:  Brevard, Indian River, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, St. Lucie, Sumter, Volusia

Region: Florida Regions 4 & 7 – West Central & Southwest FL
Recruiter: Leandra Bruzzone
Phone: (904)620-1129
Email: l.m.bruzzone@unf.edu
Counties in region:  Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Monroe (not the Keys), Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota

Region: Florida Region 5-Southeast FL
Recruiter: Jessica Caywood
Phone: (904)620-2636
Email: j.caywood@unf.edu
Counties in region:  Broward, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach

Region: Florida Region 6-Miami & The Keys
Recruiter: Phillip Simmons
Phone: (904)620-1138
Email: p.simmons@unf.edu
Counties in region:  Miami-Dade, The Keys

Region: Out-of-state
Recruiter: Kara Tucker
Phone: (904)620-5932
Email: kara.tucker@unf.edu
Counties in region:  Anything outside of the state of Florida


6 thoughts on “What it means when you’ve been “Deferred”

  1. I’m a transfer student who applied to UNF for this summer. My friend applied to UNF fresh out of high school with her AA degree and even she got deferred and she was a crazy good student. I’m so afraid the same thing will happen to me. What GPA range does admissions look for in transfer students? I know of course it’s got to be a 2.0, and a 2.25 to be eligible for rush week, but what specifically is sought out by admissions for transfers? Thanks!

    1. Students starting fresh after high school (even if they have an A.A. degree) have to meet very competitive high school GPA and ACT/SAT score standards. However, when a “true” transfer student (someone who has taken 12 or more college credits since graduating high school) applies, more weight is put on their college GPA. We do not defer transfer students, they are either admitted or denied. For most majors, students who have an A.A. degree from a Florida college must have at least a 2.0 GPA. However, some limited/selective access majors, such as Nursing, have higher GPA requirements. Since you were asking what “specifically” is needed, our short answer is, if you have at least a 2.5 and are not applying to a special major, you should be fine!

  2. The same thing happened to me. UNF is my number one choice and if I don’t get accepted there i will be very disappointment. I just retook the December SAT. Hopefully I get really good scores! Now I totally understand the senior stress everyone was talking about but, I’m staying optimistic!

    1. Sorry to hear that you have been deferred, but I hope reading this blog helped you with understanding the process. Every week we reviewed deferred applications and have already been able to admit quite a few students who were originally deferred. Staying optimistic is key! Be sure to follow up with an Admissions Counselor when your new scores are available. Keep up the hard work!

  3. I am one of those seniors stressing out because I got deferred. Unf is my #1 choice for school next year and I really hope that I get accepted. I’m a hard worker and wouldn’t disappoint the #flock. I understand that I was deferred due to test scores but I’m making an effort to bring up my ACT scores in December. I really hope to hear good news back from the admissions office soon! Keeping my fingers crossed. #UNF18′

    1. We hope this reading this blog has calmed some of that stress. You still have PLENTY of time! Glad to hear you are already signed up for the December test. If you haven’t already, take a look at our “I’d rather participate in the Hunger Games” post. It will give you tips on taking the ACT/SAT. Keep in good contact with your admissions counselor and never hesitate to ask questions. YOU’VE GOT THIS!

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