Defer your Admission to a Later Term
Newly accepted freshman, transfer, or readmitted degree-seeking undergraduate students who wish to defer their start date to a later semester may apply for an admission deferment.
- Requests to defer an offer of admission will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may be granted for reasons including, but not limited to illness, military service, and humanitarian or religious service. Supporting documentation must be provided with the application for deferment.
- An admission deferment may be granted for a maximum of seven consecutive semesters (including summers). The admission deferment guarantees only admission into the University and not necessarily admission to a particular major and/or program of study.
- All deferment applicants must first have paid the enrollment deposit before the deposit deadline.
- All deferment applications must be submitted before the first day of class of the term for which you were admitted.
- An applicant approved for deferment will be required to attend a mandatory new student orientation session preceding enrollment.
Failure to meet any of these terms may result in the revocation of admission. In such a case, an applicant will need to reapply for admission to the University by the appropriate application deadlines.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply for admissions deferment?
- First time freshman, transfer and readmit applicants who have been admitted to the Fall 2013 semester or beyond are eligible to apply. All requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may be granted for reasons including, but not limited to illness, military service, and humanitarian or religious service. Supporting documentation must be provided with the application for deferment.
I have been admitted for a semester prior to fall 2013, am I eligible to apply for deferment?
- Unfortunately, no. Applicants admitted to a semester prior to fall 2013 will be required to reapply for admission if they never attended the U.
When can I apply for a deferment?
- Requests for deferment will be available until the first day of the term for which you were admitted. Freshman applicants admitted for Fall 2013 will need to have submitted the Enrollment Deposit before the May 1, 2013 confirmation deadline.
How many semesters can I request to defer?
- Student may request up to seven consecutive semesters counting the summer. For example, if a student was admitted for the Fall 2013 semester then the deferral can cover up to Spring 2016 semester.
How do I apply for a deferment?
Applicants will be required to complete the online application, in which they will describe why they are requesting a deferral, identify when the semester they plan to return (up to seven semesters) as well as submit the $150 enrollment deposit. Applicants will also be required to provide the appropriate documentation to support their request.
Is there a deadline to apply for a deferral?
Incoming freshmen will be required to submit their deferral request, appropriate documentation and the $150 enrollment deposit by the May 1, 2013 confirmation deadline. Freshmen who submit the $150 enrollment deposit by the deadline but decide to apply for a deferment after May 1 will have until the first day of class for the term they were originally admitted to submit the deferment application and required documentation. The deadline for incoming transfers and readmits to apply for a deferment and submit documentation is the first day of class for the term they were originally admitted.
If my deferment request is approved, what does that mean?
- An approved deferment request means that the offer of admission to the University will be honored. Direct admission to academic majors, programs with advanced standing, or placement by exam or audition will be determined by the individual department/program. Applicants are advised to contact the department/program prior to requesting a deferment. Please visit www.utah.edu/academics/colleges.php for department contact information.
I was accepted into the Honors College, will requesting a deferral impact this?
- The Honors College will honor their original offer as long as the deferral is approved by the Office of Admissions.
Will the ACT/SAT scores that were submitted for my admittance to the University of Utah be valid for placement purposes when I return to register for courses?
- ACT/SAT scores expire after two years for placement purposes only. If your deferral request has you return after your ACT/SAT exam scores expire you may be required to take a placement exam or refresher course before registering for certain courses.
If my deferment request is approved, will my scholarships and financial aid be deferred as well?
- Scholarships awarded by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office (including President's Scholarship, Honors at Entrance, Cash at Entrance, Diversity Scholarship and Leadership Scholarship) may be deferred if the deferment request is approved by the Office of Admissions. Deferrals of scholarships awarded by departments or other agencies will need to be addressed directly with the appropriate department or agency. Students that are eligible for need-based financial aid should contact the Office of Financial Aid for information.
I am an International student who plans to attend the U on a student visa, may I request deferment?
- International students are not eligible for deferment and must reapply for their future term.
Can I change my mind and attend the U before my deferred semester?
- If your deferral is approved and you decide to attend before your deferral semester, please contact the Office of Admissions for your options.
What if my deferral request is approved to attend in fall 2014 but I am not able to actually start at the U until a couple weeks into the semester? Can I come late?
- No, students will be required to attend a mandatory new student orientation session immediately preceding the semester. Students are not able to register for courses unless they attend this new student orientation.
Who do I talk to if I have additional questions?
I am an enrolled student at the U, can I apply for a deferment?
- Deferment only applies to freshman, transfer and readmit applicants for the Fall 2013 semester or later. Instead, current students may apply for a Leave of Absence. Visit registrar.utah.edu/handbook/leave.php for more information.
This information is subject to change without notice. Please check this page for the most up-to-date information.