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Undergraduate Admissions

Deferral Policy

The University of Massachusetts Amherst rarely approves requests to defer admission decisions for students who are unable to attend during the admitted entering term indicated on their offer letter.

We will consider a deferment request for students with documented significant extenuating circumstances such as:

  • Being called to active military duty
  • Religious obligation
  • Personal or family illness or death in the family
  • Sudden change in family or personal income

If you believe you have extenuating circumstances, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for further instruction. Please note that you may be asked to submit additional documentation in support of the request, and that payment of the nonrefundable enrollment deposit is required.  Not all deferral requests related to the significant extenuating circumstances listed above will be granted.

If you are unable to attend UMass Amherst for the admitted entering term on your offer of admission, but wish to enroll for a future term, you will need to submit a new application and meet all requirements and deadlines for that term.