What is deferred admission?

There are actually two (and dramatically different) definitions of deferred admission when it comes to college admissions. 

  1. Deferred Admissions (or to defer admission) allows an accepted student the ability to delay or defer enrollment for one year.  Under this definition, a deferred admission is a commitment on the part of the college to accept the student after one year. 
  2. Students who might apply early to a college or university either by early decision or by early action learn that they have been deferred. Under this definition, deferred means that the student has not been accepted or rejected but sent back into the regular admission pool of applicants.

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