DD was just notified that her EA application has been deferred to regular admissions. Already has DoDMERB qualification and nomination. Awesome extracurriculars, good grades with lots of AP and honors classes, okay SAT/ACT. 1. Does anyone know the percent of deferred EA applicants that are ultimately appointed in regular admissions? I realize 50% of the class is filled in RA but not sure what % of the 50% are deferrals vs. first timers, or for that matter how many deferrals there are. 2. Any suggestions on how to interpret this decision? (i.e., is AFA saying we like you but want to see if someone better comes along? If we don't appoint you, you have an excellent chance at a Prep School slot because we almost took you and you applied EA? We don't have the heart to say no during the holiday season <subtle sarcasm> so we'll string you along until March and then say no?, etc)?? 3. Any advice on what do to while waiting? Retake ACT's, CFA or just continue to perfect fingernail biting skills in the hopes it will be recognized as an Olympic sport? I've read that it is good to retake the ACT's but also read that the increase has to be quite substantial in order to make a difference.