Deferrals and You
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“I want to apply now, but I’m going to have to wait a year to come. Can I get a deferral?”
We get this question a lot.
I’ve been working on a big post about why we don’t accept the GRE. Meanwhile, some of you are concerned about deferrals, namely, if and when we grant them.
A “deferral” in this case is a deferred enrollment, which can occur when an applicant is accepted for one admissions cycle and then defers their enrollment to YDS for a year. So, if Amy Applicant gets accepted to YDS, then gets a Rhodes Scholarship to go to Oxford, she can defer enrolling into YDS for a year so she can go to Oxford. When she’s done with her Oxford degree, she can then bypass the application process and enroll as a new student. This happens.
It does not, however, happen very often.
We grant deferrals in limited circumstances, mainly:
- Named scholarships (such as the Rhodes, the Gates, the Marshall, Fulbright, etc.)
- Medical emergency (if you are suddenly stricken ill and cannot attend)
- Family circumstance (something drastic changes at home)
Those are pretty much it. We strongly encourage you to apply to YDS when you are ready to attend; there is no advantage to you, me, YDS, or anyone else if you are applying knowing you will not be able to start for a year.
Hope that helps! Here’s an awesome Christmas music video featuring cowboys, robots, and a sweet message that a friend filmed for America’s rock band The Killers a few years ago: