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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 (this does not include compulsory military service for international students)
  • 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.

Students planning to complete a post-graduate year of high school or to enroll full-time at another college or university are not eligible for deferred admission. A deferred student who subsequently matriculates at another institution and/or enrolls in more than 11 credits will lose their deferred admission status at UMass Amherst and must re-apply through the transfer admissions process (not including dual enrollment credits).

During the period of approved deferment students may take up to 11 credits total at a different institution so long as they remain in non-degree status (not including dual enrollment credits). Courses taken at other institutions will be evaluated for transfer credit in accordance with established UMass Amherst policies. For more information: