I was admitted to Baylor. Can I defer?
Students offered admission to Baylor University may request a deferral of enrollment before May 1, 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
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. Deferrals are typically granted for 2 semesters. If you are interested in deferring for one semester (fall to spring term) please visit with your Admissions Counselor before completing the request form.
Requests for deferral should be made no later than May 1. If you are interested in deferring, you must complete the Deferral Request form, which is located in your goBAYLOR account under ‘Cancel Admission’. 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:
Terms for Approved Deferral Financial Aid & Scholarships:
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.
If you have received a housing assignment, it will be void and you will submit a new Housing Application when you plan to enroll.
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.