Deferring to a term in the same academic year

If you want to defer your admission to a later term within the same academic year (ex. You’ve been admitted for Fall 2020 and wish to enroll in Winter 2021), you may simply request the change via the Admissions Application Change form

Deferring to the next academic year

To request that your admission be deferred to a future year (ex. You’ve been admitted for Fall 2020 and now wish to come in Fall 2021), please email the Office of Admissions at  Your message should include a personal statement describing your request, your full name and OSU student ID, the term to which you wish to defer your admission (ex. Fall 2020 to Fall 2021), and the reason for your request.  Please reference “deferral request” in the email subject line.

If you already have paid the Advance Tuition Deposit and wish to defer your admission, you should submit your deferral request prior to September 1, 2020 so that we may refund your 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 September 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.

Strong cases for an admission deferral include:

  • COVID-19 related hardships
  • 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 you take any college credit after graduating high school, you must reapply as a transfer student and would not qualify for a deferral.  Exceptions for unique situations may be considered.

If you are a freshman admit who wishes to enroll at OSU in a future year and plans to start at an Oregon community college during the 2020-21 academic year (ex. Fall 2020, Winter 2021, or Spring 2021), you should sign up for our Degree Partnership Program as a way to hold your spot at OSU for future enrollment.

If you were admitted initially as a transfer student and you wish to defer your admission to a future year, you must reapply or sign up for our Degree Partnership Program.


OSU also will consider deferring any scholarships you were offered for the 2020-2021 academic year when you submit an admission deferral request.  If you are deferring your enrollment from Fall 2020 to another term in the same academic year (Winter 2021 or Spring 2021), you may be eligible to receive prorated amounts of the same scholarship and financial aid awards you were offered to start in Fall 2020.

However, because most scholarships are awarded based on available funding for the year in which they are awarded, not all scholarships can be held if you are deferring your enrollment to a future year.  In some cases, if you are approved for an admission deferral, you will need to be reconsidered for scholarships as part of the new applicant pools and available scholarship programs for the year in which you intend to enroll.

Students starting at one of our Degree Partnership Program partner community colleges are an exception to the one year rule.  If you decide to enroll at one of our partner community colleges through the Degree Partnership Program instead of enrolling at OSU this Fall, we’ll keep the institutional merit scholarships you were awarded based on your admission application waiting for you up until Fall 2022.  Your eligibility for other types of aid and scholarships can only be determined by the federal or state governments, or the scholarship program that awarded you.  You may have to re-apply for those again for your new enrollment term.