If you’re a newly admitted undergrad wishing to postpone your start date to a later semester, you can apply for an admission deferment. Graduate students who are interested in deferring their start at the university must discuss this with their academic program and obtain their approval.
Applying For Deferment
Deferment requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Generally, the Office of Admissions will NOT approve deferment requests whose intentions are to:
- Take coursework at another institution (including but not limited to “post-grad” years, enrolling at another college/university, etc.)
- Establish residency in the state of Utah
- Seek admission into a major or program from which you have been denied
If you have confirmed your intent to enroll and paid your enrollment deposit, you can apply for deferment until the first day of the semester in which you were admitted. However, we recommend you submit your request as soon as possible to ensure a smooth transition to the University.
Please submit your deferment application online. For questions regarding deferment please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
An admission deferment may be granted for a maximum of seven consecutive semesters (including summers).
The admission deferment guarantees admission into the university and not necessarily into a particular major or program.
If approved for deferment, you will be required to attend a new student orientation session preceding enrollment.
Failure to meet any of these terms may result in a revocation of admission, in which case you’ll need to reapply by the relevant deadlines.
If you have questions regarding the deferment application, please contact:
Administrative Program Coordinator & Deferment Specialist
Returning From Deferment
First time undergraduate students who have been admitted are eligible to apply. All requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Supporting documentation must be provided with the application for deferment.
Non-Degree seeking (non-matriculated) students are not eligible for deferment. Non-Degree seeking students will need to reapply if they wish to attend for a different term from which they were admitted.
If you have paid the enrollment deposit you can apply for a deferment until the first day of the semester.
Students may defer up to seven consecutive semesters counting the summer. For example, if a student was admitted for the Fall 2022 semester the student can defer up until the Spring 2025 semester if necessary.
Students may apply online here. Applicants will be required to describe why they are requesting a deferral, provide the appropriate documentation, identify the semester they plan to return (up to seven semesters) as well as submit the $300 enrollment deposit.
If the $300 Enrollment Deposit is paid, a deferral can be requested until the first day of the semester in which the student was admitted.
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 utah.edu/academics/colleges.php for department contact information.
The Honors College will honor their original offer as long as the deferral is approved by the Office of Admissions.
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.
You will need to provide a copy of your mission call by the first day of the semester in which you were admitted.
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.
If you are an international undergraduate student and are unable to obtain a visa appointment, please email email@example.com with your UNID for assistance.
If your deferral is approved and you decide to attend before your deferral semester, please contact the Office of Admissions for your options.
Contact the Office of Admissions at 801-585-9987 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current students may apply for a Leave of Absence. Visit utah.edu/handbook/leave.php for more information.
For assistance please contact:
Office of Admissions