Can an applicant who has been admitted defer enrollment?

All gap year requests for members of the Class of 2024 must be submitted by August 5, 2020.

A first year applicant who has been offered admission to Washington University may request to defer enrollment after completing enrollment materials and submitting the enrollment deposit. Typically, students who defer do so because they wish to travel, complete required military service, or participate in a year-long gap year program. Students must request to defer enrollment in writing. Students generally do not attend another university during a gap year, however, if they do complete coursework they must contact their dean’s office at Washington University to have an assessment of any credits earned to see if they will transfer. The dean’s office has the final say on transferability of any credits earned.

Deferral Policy

WashU recognizes that a small number of first year students each year may request to defer their admission for a year and take a gap year to complete military service, religious commitments, or a well-defined, substantial personal growth opportunity. Deferral requests are evaluated by the Admissions Office on a case-by-case basis, and are only offered for one year. Note: Requests for a second year will be granted only in the case of compulsory military or religious service.

To begin the gap year request process, a first year admitted student should contact the Admissions Office ( Students in the Class of 2024 were encouraged to submit their requests by June 15, 2020. All gap year requests must be submitted by August 5, 2020, and students will be notified of the outcome of their requests by August 15, 2020.

Please note that students are unable to enroll full-time at another institution while on a gap year. Additionally, students admitted after May 1 are not eligible to take a gap year.