Who May Request a Deferral

Deferrals of admission may ONLY be granted to first-year students for a full academic year, from one fall semester to the very next fall semester. Transfer students cannot defer admission. The one exception is for first-year or transfer students deferring to complete obligations for the U.S. military, such as basic training or a deployment. Students requesting a military deferral may request consideration for future entry in either the spring or fall semester.

How to Request a Deferral

Please contact us in writing with your $150 enrollment fee, if you have not already submitted it online, to request a deferral. A deferral is official only when you are notified that the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has granted your request. Your Rutgers Status screen will be updated to show when the deferral request has been granted. If a first-year student deferral is denied, your fee will be refunded.

Additional Instructions

  • No college courses may be taken during the deferral year. Enrollment in any college credit-bearing courses, even if you do not complete them, will nullify the deferral.
  • Students who have been granted a deferral do not need to submit an application for the following year. Your information will be automatically carried over from one year to the next. Students can update any contact information that may have changed once their Rutgers status screen is available for the following year.
  • First-year students requesting a deferral must still submit a final official high school transcript certifying graduation and showing all courses and grades from grades 9 through 12 by July 1. (Deferrals are conditioned on successful completion of all senior courses with no decline in grades. Any senior grades below a C can result in the deferral being rescinded.)
  • Transfer applicants requesting deferment due to U.S. military service must still submit final official college transcripts by June 1. (Deferrals are conditioned on successful completion of all college courses with no decline in grades. Any grades below a C in the most recent semester can result in the deferral being rescinded.)
  • If the deferral is granted and you adhere to the terms above — you will receive notification of admission by February 28. You will need to accept the admission offer by May 1. The acceptance fee you paid for the previous year will be applied to new year.


Scholarships and EOF Awards

First-year students receiving a merit scholarship may defer their enrollment for one academic year and will be offered the same merit scholarship for the year of enrollment. Students must follow all deferral guidelines in order to maintain admissions and scholarship.

Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) awards are specific to each academic year and may not be deferred.

Mason Gross School of the Arts students who defer their admission must re-audition or re-submit a portfolio for their year of intended enrollment and scholarship awards will be based on their competitiveness in the entering class for that year.

Honors College/Programs

Students admitted into the Honors College or an honors program may defer their enrollment for a full year and maintain their honors placement for the year of enrollment.