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 plans 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, 2017, and submit a letter to the Office of Undergraduate Admission requesting deferral by June 1, 2017. Participating in the deferred admissions program is a commitment to enroll in the Class of 2022.
Students interested in Tufts' own bridge year service program, called 1+4, can find more information here.
The following guidelines are set forth to provide a frame work 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, 2017.
- Deferrals are typically for one year - beyond that it is necessary to request special consideration.
- A letter requesting deferral and outlining the student's plans for the intervening time must be sent to the Director of Undergraduate Admissions. An email with the letter attached sent to email@example.com is recommended.
- Deferrals ordinarily are granted for the following reasons: illness; travel; work; special experiences relating to a student's background and talent, e.g. art, music, drama, dance; participation in programs like Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, a Rotary Exchange or Thinking Beyond Borders.
- Deferral requests for additional educational experience 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, 2018. This confirmation should be sent to Susan Garrity Ardizzoni, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 2022 and your name will be included on the list of students enrolling via Early Decision I and deferred admission that is shared with other colleges and universities in January of 2018.
- If a student decides not to enroll, the admissions deposit is forfeited.
Once the committee has reviewed the request to defer, a formal letter will be sent to the student confirming the decision. Should further information regarding the points outlined in this statement be required, please feel free to call Susan Garrity Ardizzoni, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at (617)627-3170.