UW-Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health found itself over committed after its yield unexpectedly increased and 196 of the 282 admitted applicants (69.5%) accepted offers. (UW Madison currently enrolls only 176 applicants and usually has a yield around 60%.)
We don’t see this often with medical schools if for no other reason than it’s a rather costly mistake. Namely because the schools don’t want to renege on any offers and convincing applicants to defer generally involves offering them very substantial financial aid. In the case of UW Madison, admitted applicants who chose to defer their enrollment for one year received a $25,000 scholarship.
While you don’t want to count on this happening to you, you may want to consider the scenario. Think about what it would take to make you defer an offer for a year. Usually, the school will send notices to all of its admitted applicants stating only the first [number] of students to sign the form and return it will receive [financial aid award]. If you know in advance what your trigger point is for accepting a deferral, you will be more likely to act timely and receive it.
Best of luck with your applications!
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