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Deferring Your Enrollment

If you’ve been offered admission as a first-year student to NYU, you may request to defer your enrollment for one full 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 following year.

If you have been admitted to the NYU Abu Dhabi campus, please visit this page for instructions on deferring your enrollment. 

Students admitted as transfers, as well as first-year students admitted to the Department of Dance in the Tisch School of the Arts, cannot defer their enrollment. If you cannot enroll for the upcoming semester, you will need to re-apply. First-year Dance students will also need to re-audition.

Important things to be aware of:

  • If an enrollment deposit is required for the campus to which you have been admitted you will still be expected to make this deposit. This payment is non-refundable and will be credited toward your first term at NYU.
  • You will be asked to re-confirm your enrollment by January 3rd of the next year and an additional $500 enrollment deposit will be required if the campus to which you were admitted required an initial non-refundable enrollment deposit. This payment will also be credited toward your first term at NYU. Your NYU email address will be re-activated the day after you re-confirm your enrollment and pay any applicable additional enrollment deposits.
  • We consider students who are deferring their enrollment to be much like Early Decision students who have committed to attend NYU. As a result, you will be held to the same expectations and deadlines as our other Early Decision students, which includes not filing new applications to other colleges and universities.

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

  • Complete the NYU Deferred Enrollment Request Form, accessible through your NYU Applicant Portal, by the deadline specified for the campus to which you were admitted.
    • New York: August 1
    • Abu Dhabi: May 31
    • Shanghai: 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

You must confirm your intention to enroll for the subsequent fall or spring (depending on the term for which you were offered admission) by submitting a second enrollment deposit when requested to do so. Also know that we will not allow you to enroll at NYU if we do not receive a final high school transcript from you showing proof that you have graduated.

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 your new term of entry. Housing is guaranteed for all of our first-year students 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 by January 9th of the following year.

If you are granted a second or third year deferral, you will be required to pay an additional $500 enrollment deposit when you re-confirm your enrollment by January 9th of next year. The payment will be credited toward your new start term.