Deferring Your Admission

I was admitted to Baylor. Can I defer? 

Students offered admission to Baylor University may request a deferral of enrollment, which must be approved by the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Deferrals are intended to be granted for intentional occasions in which the student chooses not to begin his or her studies at Baylor University in the term for which he or she was admitted. Examples of intentional deferrals may include, but are not limited to: a religious activity, community service project, or world travel. Deferrals are not granted for financial reasons. Deferral requests are evaluated on their merits, and are not automatically approved simply because they were submitted on time.

Deadlines and Instructions

Deferrals are granted for either one or two semesters. First-year students admitted under Early Decision, Early Action, or Regular Decision are allowed to apply for deferred enrollment, however this option is not available to transfers.  

Requests for deferral should be made no later than May 1.  Students interested in deferring must complete the Deferral Request form.  The form will ask about your plans for the next year and will confirm you will not be enrolling in a degree-granting program or coursework at another college/university.

Baylor will provide written notification of deferral approval or denial. If the deferral is granted, first-year students must submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $500 to reserve her or his place in the class.  If a deferral request is denied, a student has the option to either withdraw and reapply for a future semester, or begin studies in the semester to which he or she has been admitted.

Terms for Approved Deferrals: 

  • You may not submit deposits or hold spaces at any other institutions.
  • You may not enroll at another institution during the deferral period or complete college coursework.
  • You may not apply for admission to other colleges or universities during the deferral period.
  • You must notify all other institutions to which you have gained admission of your decision to defer enrollment at Baylor.

Terms for Approved Deferral Financial Aid & Scholarships: 

  • Financial Aid: If you are interested in need-based financial aid, you will need to reapply for aid for the new term by completing the FAFSA and CSS Profile by February 1 during your deferral year.
  • Merit Scholarships: If you received an academic merit scholarship, it will be re-awarded to the future entry term. If you did not receive a merit scholarship, you will not be reconsidered for awards in the next term alongside the new applicant pool.
  • If you are a National Merit Finalist and received a Regents’ Gold scholarship, it will be honored when you enroll as a freshman. You must also notify National Merit of your intent to defer enrollment.
  • Scholarships tied to Invitation to Excellence, Distinguished Scholars Day and/or a Baylor2 program will be honored when you enroll as a freshman student.
  • Departmental scholarships will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Special Program Status
If you have been accepted into the Honors College, Baylor Business Fellows, Science Research Fellows, Music or Theatre program, you will need to notify them of your intent to defer enrollment.

Housing
If you have received a housing assignment, it will be void and you will submit a new Housing Application when you plan to enroll.

Expectations
We regard an admissions deferral as a mutual commitment. We agree to hold a spot for you at Baylor, and you agree to enter at the time of your new start term. Students planning on applying to other colleges during their deferment period should not seek an admissions deferral.