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Deferring Admission

Overview

Admitted students may request to defer admission up to one year for the consecutive spring or fall terms. Students granted deferred admission may not enroll at another academic institution, including another college, university, or a program that grants credit through an accredited institution (in the United States or abroad). A deferred student who does so will forfeit their deferred admission status.

Deferred admission may be granted for a variety of reasons, most commonly to allow a student to participate in non-academic cultural experiences, attend military basic training, play junior hockey, perform community service, for medical reasons, or for reasons related to COVID-19.

Eligibility

Domestic and international first-year students are eligible to defer their admission.

Transfer students may request to defer admission and will be considered on a case-by-case basis; however, in most cases a transfer student would not be eligible to defer their enrollment. Exceptions that will be considered for transfer students include chronic medical conditions, military basic training, or reasons related to COVID-19.

Students requesting a deferral of their admission may not attend another institution of higher education during the period that they are requesting a deferment. If a student does attend another institution, the form will be denied, the student will need to reapply for admission to UW-Eau Claire, and the new educational information will be considered.

Process

Contact the Admissions Office directly at admissions@uwec.edu to start the deferment process. An electronic form will be available soon.

Students may request to defer for one semester or for one full year. If a student wishes to defer their admission for more than one year, they will need to submit a new application to UW-Eau Claire.

Note: Some campus programs have conditions that require participation in campus support programs. After requesting the deferral of admission, students will be notified if they have such a requirement that would impact the length of their deferral.

  • Fall: Students admitted for the fall semester must complete the Defer Entry Term form by May 1. Late submissions will be considered on an exceptions basis. Exceptions will be made for Fall 2020 due to COVID-19.
  • Spring: Students admitted for the spring semester must complete the Defer Entry Term form by November 15. Late submissions will be considered on an exception basis.

Students will receive a new official admission decision letter for the term that they requested to defer their admission to. A list of next steps will be included with that letter.

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