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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.

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.

Because admission decisions are specific to an academic term, 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.

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.
  • Military orders changing an applicant’s ability to enroll in the term to which they have been admitted. This applies to U.S. military personnel only.
  • Extraordinary family circumstance not otherwise indicated.

Please note that requests for deferments are granted solely at the discretion of the director of admissions, and relevant documentation may be required.

Submitting a Request for Deferment

Applicants seeking a deferment that meets one or more of the circumstances stated above must submit a letter formally requesting consideration to defer admission to another term. Be sure to include your name and Student ID number in the letter. The letter should be mailed 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.) no later than September 15 in order to confirm the offer of admission is still valid for the term the applicant has been admitted. For freshman applicants, the final official high school transcript must include a graduation date.
  • Depending on the term to which a deferment request is being made for, applicants may need to submit another UC Application.

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've completed college courses during high school (through summer after graduation), you're 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.