A number of students, after careful thought, may wish to postpone their entry into college. The decision to defer is an important one. Students should feel free to exercise that option without jeopardizing their place at Tufts if their motivation is sincere and their plan for the time away promises to be productive.
Deferrals for additional structured academic programs are not granted. Students wishing to defer should return the Enrollment Decision Form and the enrollment deposit by May 1, 2018, and submit a letter to the Office of Undergraduate Admission requesting deferral by June 1, 2018. Participating in the deferred admissions program is a commitment to enroll in the Class of 2023.
Students interested in Tufts' own bridge-year service learning program, called 1+4, can find more information here.
The following guidelines are set forth to provide a framework under which a deferral may be granted:
- Deferrals may be requested after the student has been accepted and has paid the admissions deposit. Deferral requests will be approved through June 1, 2018.
- Deferrals are granted for one year; students who are required to complete two years of national military service in their home country may request a deferral for two years.
- A letter requesting deferral and outlining the student's plans for the gap year must be sent to the Director of Undergraduate Admissions. An email with the letter attached can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Deferrals ordinarily are granted for the following reasons: illness, travel, volunteerism, work, special experiences relating to a student's background and talent (e.g. art, music, drama, dance), or participation in programs such as Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange or Rotary Exchange Program.
- Deferral requests for additional educational experiences that involve a full, structured, credit-bearing academic program are not granted. Deferrals for programs like Kivunim or Young Judea are typically granted with the understanding that any academic work completed will not be accepted at Tufts for credit.
- Deferred candidates must reconfirm their intention to enroll at Tufts no later than February 1, 2019. This confirmation should be sent to Susan Garrity Ardizzoni, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, at email@example.com.
- Students planning on reapplying to other colleges during this year should not seek a deferral. By requesting and accepting a deferral, you are making a commitment to enroll in the Tufts Class of 2023.
Once the committee has reviewed the request to defer, a formal letter will be sent to the student confirming the decision. Should further information about the deferral process be required, please feel free to contact Susan Garrity Ardizzoni, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, at (617) 627-3170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.