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 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.
- If you confirmed your intent to enroll by May 1, you can apply for deferment until the first day of classes.
- For information on scholarship deferment visit the Office of Financial Aid.
- 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.
Returning from Deferment?
Did you defer your admission, and it's time to return to school? Make sure you've got everything ready to go with our Deferred Student Checklist.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is eligible to apply for admissions deferment?
- First time domestic freshman, transfer and readmit applicants who have been admitted 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.
- When can I apply for a deferment?
- If you paid the Enrollment Deposit by May 1, you can apply for deferment until the first day of classes.
- How many semesters can I request to defer?
- Students may request up to seven consecutive semesters counting the summer. For example, if a student was admitted for the Fall 2019 semester then the deferral can cover up to Spring 2022 semester.
- How do I apply for a deferment?
- Students may apply online through the CIS system here. Applicants will be required to describe why they are requesting a deferral, provide the appropriate documentation, identify when the semester they plan to return (up to seven semesters) as well as submit the $300 enrollment deposit.
- Is there a deadline to apply for a deferral?
- If the $300 Enrollment Deposit is paid by May 1, a deferral can be requested until the first day of school.
- 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.
- Can my parents or another select individual help me with things at the U while I'm
- Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the University of Utah is limited in the information it can share about students, even to their parents, without consent being given by the student first. Before you start your deferment, be sure to complete the Consent to Release Form to dedicate someone to help you with different steps at the U while you're away.
- 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
- Scholarships awarded by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office (including President's Scholarship, Utah Flagship Scholarship, Utah Academic Scholarship, Utah Academic Recognition Award, Diversity Scholarship and Leadership Scholarship) will 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
- 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 I have additional questions?
- Contact the Office of Admissions at 801-585-9987 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- I am an enrolled student at the U, can I apply for a deferment?
- Current students may apply for a Leave of Absence. Visit registrar.utah.edu/handbook/leave.php for more information.
- What are some common requests in which a deferment would not be approved?
- Deferments are typically not granted based upon financial reasons, taking a year off to try to establish Utah residency for tuition purposes, not being admitted to a specific department/program within the University, or for students to attend other institutions.
This information is subject to change without notice. Please check this page for the most up-to-date information.