New freshmen who are admitted for one term, but wish to defer their admission to a term in a future academic year must make a written request to the OSU Office of Admissions (ex. you are admitted for Fall 2019, but won’t be enrolling until Fall 2020 or later).  Deferrals from one academic year to another are considered on a case-by-case basis.  Students wishing to defer their admission to a term within the same academic year may simply request the change via the Admissions Application Change form.

Strong cases for an admission deferral include:

  • religious missions
  • internships
  • association leadership experiences
  • extenuating family or personal circumstances
  • military service
  • “gap year” experiences that contribute to the student’s academic learning and perspective

Typically, if a student takes any college credit after graduating high school, they must reapply as a transfer student and would not qualify for a deferral.  Exceptions for unique situations may be considered.

Freshman admits who wish to enroll at OSU in a future year and plan to start at an Oregon community college should sign up for our Degree Partnership Program as a way to hold their spot for future transfer enrollment.

Students admitted initially as transfer students who wish to defer their admission into a future year must reapply.


OSU will consider any scholarship offered as part of a student’s deferral request.  However, because most scholarships are awarded based on available funding for the year in which they are awarded, not all scholarships can be promised for a future year.  In most cases, if a student is approved for an admission deferral, they will be re-considered for scholarships as part of the applicant pool and subsequent scholarship criteria for the year they intend to actually enroll.


To request that your admission be deferred to a future year, please email the Office of Admissions at  Include a personal statement outlining your request, your full name and student ID, the term for which you wish to defer your admission to, and provide an overview of the reason for your request.  Please use “deferral request” in the email subject line.

If you have paid the Advance Tuition Deposit and wish to defer your admission, you should submit your deferral request prior to May 1 so that we may refund the deposit.  If approved, you will be required to confirm your enrollment by May 1 in the year you plan to enroll and a new deposit will be required.   After May 1, your deposit becomes non-refundable.

If your request for a deferral is not approved, you will be required to apply again in the year prior to your planned enrollment and pay a new application fee.