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Deferring Your Enrollment

Carolina welcomes proposals from admitted undergraduate students who wish to defer their enrollment for one academic year in order to work, travel, or pursue some other extraordinary opportunity. Admitted applicants may also seek one-year deferrals for military service, required religious observance, or medical reasons.

Those wishing to defer admission must request permission in writing from Barbara Polk, Deputy Director of Undergraduate Admissions no later than July 1 of the year for which they have originally been admitted; those granted a deferral must write again by December 31 to reactivate their offer of admission and confirm their enrollment. Students seeking a deferral must have paid their enrollment deposit by the deadline indicated in their original admission letter and reply form. This enrollment deposit is nonrefundable and will automatically be applied towards the student’s first-semester charges at the University. Fees for orientation may be carried over for the following year. Merit-based aid awards are transferable. Please follow the directions provided in your award letter and notify the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid when your enrollment has been activated. Need-based recipients are required to resubmit the FAFSA and Profile by March 1of the year in which they plan to enroll. Recipients of awards with both a need and merit component should also follow the terms specified in the award letter and resubmit the FAFSA and Profile by March 1.

In seeking a deferral, admitted applicants agree not to enroll in any for-credit or degree-seeking course of study during their deferral year. If an applicant does enroll in such a course of study, admission to the University will be rescinded and the student will need to reapply.

Deferrals are considered on a case-by-case basis and are not automatically granted. In making their written request, students should explain in detail their reasons for seeking a deferral and their plans for the deferral year. Because undergraduate students, with very few exceptions, begin their enrollment at the University in the fall, the deferral request should be for one full academic year.

In considering each request, the Director of Undergraduate Admissions consults with members of the admissions committee and, at the director’s discretion, with others who are familiar with the admitted student’s academic and personal experiences and goals. For any student who has been offered transfer admission to one of the University’s professional schools, the director also consults with the dean of that school or his or her designee. After such consultations are completed, the director responds in writing. In rare cases the director may require a personal interview before making a final decision.

Please address all correspondence regarding deferrals to:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Campus Box 2200, Jackson Hall
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-2200

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