After careful thought, some students 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.
Please note that deferrals for additional structured academic programs will not be granted. Students wishing to defer should submit the Gap Year Request Form on their admissions status portal by July 7th, 2020; please note that we are unable to accept any additional requests after this deadline. Participating in the deferred admissions program is a commitment to enroll in a future Class.
The following guidelines and information provide a framework under which a deferral may be granted:
- Deferral requests will be reviewed and approved between July 7th and July 9th, 2020. They will not be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Each request will be reviewed on its merits and in the context of our enrollment goals.
Incoming first-year students may not defer for one semester. Deferrals are typically granted for one year; however, depending on the number of gap year requests received, we may require students to take a gap year of two years and begin their studies at Tufts in the fall of 2022.
The Gap Year Request Form must be completed on your applicant status portal by July 7th, 2020. The form includes space to outline your plan for the year; we recognize it is difficult to have concrete plans because of the global pandemic so a general sense of your plans or goals for the year will be sufficient.
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 December 1st, 2020. This confirmation will be completed via a form available on your applicant status portal.
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 a future Class.
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, Senior Director of Undergraduate Admissions, at (617) 627-3170 or email@example.com.