Admitted Students: Deferring Your Enrollment

If you’ve been offered admission as a freshman to NYU, you may request to defer your enrollment for up to one year. If your request is approved and you meet the requirements listed below, you do not have to file a new application and are guaranteed readmission for the next fall semester.

Important things to be aware of:

  • You will still have to pay a tuition deposit for your original start term. The payment will be credited to your new start term.
  • You will be considered an "Early Decision" admitted student for your start term, and will need to re-confirm your intention to enroll when our new Early Decision students are expected to do so in January.
  • You will be held to the same expectations as our other Early Decision students.

In essence, if you are approved to defer your enrollment, you are committed to enrolling at NYU but are simply making that commitment a year in advance.

Requirements for Deferment

  • Sign and return the NYU Deferred Enrollment Request Form (PDF) by August 1.
  • You may not defer your enrollment to attend another college or university.
  • You may not defer your enrollment to apply to other colleges and universities during your time away from NYU. If you do your NYU admission will be revoked.
  • Forward your final high school transcript indicating date of graduation to the NYU Office of Undergraduate Admissions immediately upon graduation. It is your responsibility to ensure that an official, final high school transcript is received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Other Things to Consider When Deferring Enrollment

Communication with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions

A new admission packet of materials, including a new offer of admission, will be mailed to you in December if you have been approved to defer your enrollment. You must confirm your intention to enroll for the subsequent fall by emailing our office by the deadline indicated in the new offer of admission. You won’t be required to submit a new deposit. We will not make a new offer of admission if we do not receive a final high school transcript from you.

Financial Aid

All students who have been approved for deferred enrollment should understand the following regarding their financial aid:


If you are approved to defer your enrollment, you will be offered a space in one of our NYU residence halls for the new term of entry. Housing is guaranteed for all of our freshmen who meet our deadlines and requirements.

Deferring a Second or Third Year

While most enrollment deferrals are for a one year, you can be granted a deferral for a second and third year if you need to complete compulsory military service or missionary work. Approval of your second or third year of deferral, however, can’t be approved in advance. It must be done during January of the following year.