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Deferment Policy

In general, UCI does not defer undergraduate offers of admission. An offer of admission applies only to the specific term for which the applicant has applied. An offer of admission is not transferable to another academic term. Consequently, a student who was admitted to one term may not necessarily be offered admission in another term. Students who are not able to attend the university for the specific term to which they have applied, and have been admitted, will need to reapply for admission.

Under certain circumstances, a request for deferring admission may be considered on a case-by-case basis. These circumstances must fall into one of the following:

  • Medical condition(s) and/or treatment(s) that make it impossible or unsafe for the student to enroll in the term to which they have been admitted.
  • United States Armed Forces active military orders changing an applicant’s ability to enroll in the term to which they have been admitted. Applicant must be an active U.S. military.
  • Extraordinary family circumstance not otherwise indicated.

Please note requests for deferments are granted solely at the discretion of the Executive Director of Admissions, and relevant documentation may be required. Applicants may postpone their initial enrollment at UCI for a maximum of one year. Applicants who cannot enroll after one year, will need to reapply for admission.

Submitting a Request for Deferment

Applicants seeking a deferment that meets one or more of the circumstances stated above, and who submitted a positive Statement of Intent to Register (SIR), must submit a letter formally requesting consideration to defer admission to another term accompanied with supporting documents. Be sure to include your name and Student ID number on all documents. Deferment requests may be submitted up until the first day of instruction.

Submit your deferment request.

Applicants who are unable to access the deferment site should mail the deferment request and all supporting documents to:

ATTN: Records / Deferment
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
University of California, Irvine
260 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-1075

Deferment Conditions

If an applicant’s request for deferment is granted, the following conditions must be adhered to:

  • Applicant must submit any and all official documents (i.e. transcripts, test scores, etc.) by all deadlines. For freshman applicants, the final official high school transcript must include a graduation date.
  • Applicant must satisfy the terms and conditions as stated in their admission contract.
  • Applicant may not enroll in any coursework at another college or university during this time.

Important Notes

  • Freshman applicants must maintain their application status of freshman by not attending another college or university. The University of California defines a freshman applicant as, an applicant who is currently in high school or has graduated from high school but has not enrolled in a regular (non-summer) session at a college or university. If you have completed college courses during high school (through summer after graduation), you are still considered a freshman applicant.
  • Admission into a specific major after deferment cannot be guaranteed due to changes in selectivity from one term to another, or possible changes to the transfer requirements.
  • If the deferment is granted and the applicant accepts the deferment, the $250 non-refundable SIR fee will be transferred and applied towards the approved term.
  • If an applicant's request for deferment is not granted, the applicant may submit a new undergraduate admission application for a future term.
  • When the deferment request is reviewed and a decision is made, the applicant will be notified through the email address listed on the application.