Tyler Pratt almost didn’t attend MSU. As a high school senior last year, Pratt thought for sure he was going to be able to attend MSU in fall 2011, but that was before he was deferred by the Office of Admissions.
Pratt, a journalism freshman, finished high school with a 3.5 grade-point average and a score of 26 on the ACT. In fall 2010, students in the freshman class averaged between a 3.4 and 3.8 high school GPA and between a 23 and 28 on the ACT, according to the Office of Admissions website.
“I thought about it long and hard, but I’m not sure,” Pratt said of being deferred. “A lot of my friends, who had a lower GPA and (weren’t) as involved got in, so I was a little discouraged.”
MSU’s Director of Admissions Jim Cotter said there are various reasons a student might be deferred.
“It’s not all numbers like (some students think),” Cotter said. “But, we recalculate their GPA (to focus on core classes), the trends of their grades and quality of their high school class.”
Although the Office of Admissions does not keep track of the number of deferments each year, Cotter said MSU will offer the deferment option to slightly more students next fall. Cotter said the number of students who are deferred depends on the amount of space at the university based on freshman to sophomore retention rates and the number of applicants who apply each year, among other things.
He said each year MSU offers about 750 incoming freshmen the deferment option depending on the size of the incoming class — about 250 to 350 accept the offer.
Being deferred might not seem stressful, but for University of Iowa freshman Frances Thompson, it was frustrating and painful. The Michigan native said MSU was the only college she was interested in, but was deferred and decided not to wait a semester to become a Spartan.