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Deferring your undergraduate admission

The admission deferment guarantees only admission into the university and not necessarily admission to a particular major or program of study. You may defer your admission for up to five terms or 2 ½  years.

If you decide to attend ASU during a different semester than your deferment semester, contact Admission Services.

When can I defer my admission?

Admitted undergraduate students can defer their admission before their first semester of enrollment.

If you have questions about deferring before you receive an admission decision, please contact your personal admission representative at

If you have decided to delay your first semester at ASU, you should defer your admission. Consider your options carefully before taking this step.

Typical reasons for deferring your admission include:

  • ecclesiastical service (religious volunteer work)
  • volunteer service
  • U.S. military service
  • U.S. citizens in international military service
  • non-U.S. citizen international military service*
  • financial reasons*
  • personal reasons*

*Not eligible for scholarship deferment.

Extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis. As a rule, circumstances such as employment, enrollment at another higher education institution, funding or indecisiveness are not appropriate justifications for requesting deferred admission.

Step 1: Submit your deferment application

Submit your deferment application no later than 30 days prior to the first day of class of the semester for which you were admitted.

Step 2: Defer your scholarship (if applicable)

To defer your ASU scholarship awards, you will need to email at least one supporting document (e.g., military orders, notice of religious mission, confirmation of volunteer work, etc.) to to certify your eligibility for scholarship deferment.

ASU is unable to defer any privately awarded scholarships. You must notify your private scholarship sponsor of your deferment request with ASU. Private scholarship deferment decisions must be made by the scholarship sponsor.

Step 3: Withdraw from housing, orientation and classes

If you have not registered for classes:

  • By submitting your request to defer your admission, you are also cancelling any housing assignment and orientation appointment.
  • Be aware that you will still be responsible for any nonrefundable housing charges or other university charges you might have incurred. You can view your account and pay any charges by signing in to My ASU

If you intend on deferring your admission, do not submit your enrollment deposit. If you have already submitted your enrollment deposit prior to May 1, you may request a refund. After May 1, refunds will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you have registered for classes:

  • It is your responsibility to withdraw from classes. You must withdraw from all classes before the end of ASU’s refund period or you will be responsible for all tuition charges. By registering for classes, you agree to pay all applicable tuition and registration fees. You are not dropped from your classes due to nonpayment. Sign in to My ASU to withdraw from your classes.

Step 4: Have your final transcripts sent to ASU

You should request transcripts from every educational institution attended. Official transcripts must be mailed or sent electronically directly to Admission Services by the records office of the issuing institution. Transcripts delivered by hand will only be accepted if they are sealed in the original high school envelope. ASU does not accept transcripts transmitted by fax. High school transcripts must show GPA and date of graduation. ASU requires an English translation of all foreign-language transcripts.

Mailing Address (all materials, all campuses)

Admission Services
Arizona State University
PO Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

  • The length of your deferment will be based on the circumstances, not to exceed two academic years. Religious missions can be approved for up to 2 1/2 years.
  • You may not attend another educational institution during the deferment period. Your record may be cleared through the National Student Clearinghouse to verify you were not enrolled at another institution during your deferment.
  • Any changes to the deferment that do not receive prior approval by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Services office may result in loss of the scholarship or participating program.
  • Each application for deferment will be considered independently according to the circumstances of that leave of absence.

Although you’ve deferred your admission to ASU, you might still have outstanding charges and Priority Tasks. ASU suggests that you review your student account to avoid collection agency activity. You can view your account and pay any charges by signing in to My ASU.

If you are an international student who is deferring your admission, you must obtain a new I-20 and related visa documents for your new enrollment tern.