Deferring Your Enrollment

Freshman applicants who have been offered admission to NYU Shanghai may request to defer their enrollment for up to one year. Students who are approved to defer their enrollment and who satisfy the requirements listed below do not have to file a new application and are guaranteed readmission for the subsequent fall semester. Deferred students are considered Early Decision applicants for the new term of entry, and are expected to reconfirm their intention to enroll in January. Students who are approved to defer their enrollment are committed to enrolling at NYU Shanghai but are making that commitment one year in advance.

  • Students who wish to defer their enrollment must complete the NYU Deferred Enrollment Application and Agreement form by August 1.
  • Students may not defer their enrollment to attend another college or university.
  • Students may not defer their enrollment to apply to other colleges and universities during their time away from NYU. Students who are found to have applied to other colleges and universities during their time away from NYU will have their admissions offers revoked.
  • Students who are granted approval to defer their enrollment should understand that their approval is contingent upon successful completion of any high school course work in progress at the time approval is granted. A final high school transcript indicating date of graduation must be forwarded to the NYU Office of Undergraduate Admissions immediately upon graduation. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the Office of Undergraduate Admissions receives an official final high school transcript.

Communication with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions


A new admit packet of materials, including a new offer of admission will be mailed in December to students who have been approved to defer their enrollment. All students who have deferred their enrollment must confirm their intention to enroll for the subsequent fall by following the instructions for accepting their offer of admission. A new offer of admission will not be issued if a final high school transcript has not been received.

Financial Aid


Students approved for deferral who received a financial aid package with their original offer of admission can expect that the NYU portion of their package (university scholarships and grants) will also be deferred and offered again in full. It is not necessary to resubmit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, and scholarship eligibility will not be reevaluated.

On rare occasions a student may be approved to defer their enrollment for a second year. A student approved for a second year of deferred enrollment must reapply for all types of financial aid by submitting both a new CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and a new FAFSA (or the Chinese Financial Aid form for Chinese Gaokao students) by February 15, prior to the fall semester of entry. Scholarships initially awarded at the time of admission may or may not be available for the second year of deferred enrollment.

Housing

Students who are approved to defer their enrollment will be offered a space in our NYU Shanghai residence halls for the new term of entry. Housing is guaranteed for all of our incoming students who meet our deadlines and requirements.

Exceptions

Though approval to defer one's enrollment is typically granted for one year, we will consider granting deferral for a second year to students who need to complete compulsory military service or missionary work. However, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will not approve enrollment deferrals for two years in advance, and as a result, the second year of deferred enrollment should be requested following the first year.