Frequently Asked Questions: Admitted Students who Defer Enrollment

Admitted freshmen who plan to enroll at the university may request to defer enrollment for either one semester or up to one year. Deferred Enrollment requests are not valid for beyond one year from the time the student was initially admitted.

In most cases, transfer and reentry students cannot defer enrollment. The University of Wisconsin–Madison provides reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities, chronic medical conditions, and for active-duty military personnel.

Transfer students who have confirmed enrollment and are unable to enroll at UW–Madison in the term specified on their acceptance letter due to one of the reasons listed above may request to defer enrollment.

  • Students will receive an acknowledgement email indicating whether or not their request has been conditionally approved. They will be prompted to submit their final high school transcript and Deferred Enrollment Student Agreement by July 1, 2018, and will be notified of next steps.
  • After review of the student’s final grades and confirmation of successful completion of senior year, the appropriate deferred enrollment letter (either formal approval or denial) will be posted to the Student Center.

No. Students' deferred enrollment is finalized upon successful completion of high school and submission of the Deferred Enrollment Student Agreement. At that point, admission is guaranteed for the desired term of entry if the student adheres to the Deferred Enrollment Student Agreement.

No. Students granted deferred enrollment are not required to submit a new application nor pay the application fee again.

All scored exams that have been sent to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment will remain in each student's file.

If students have not yet taken the placement tests, they should visit and click on "Students from other UW Campuses follow this link for the Regional Placement Testing Program" to view a list of dates and locations. Incoming freshmen are required to take both the Math and English placement tests. The foreign language placement test is optional prior to attending Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR).

Students granted deferred enrollment should take the placement tests and submit the placement test results to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment as soon as possible prior to attending SOAR for the new term.

Housing information will be sent a few days after the admission decision is made. Students will need to confirm their enrollment by paying the $100 enrollment deposit via the Student Center by May 1. Beginning in April, students who have paid the enrollment deposit will receive an email from the Center for the First-Year Experience inviting them to register for SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration).

Students who are deferring enrollment until the spring term will be required to attend SOAR in January. Students who are deferring enrollment until the fall term will be required to attend SOAR next summer.

Students who have already applied for financial aid and/or scholarships will need to reapply for financial aid after they are admitted for the new term. They will also need to update their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 608-262-3060 or

Students who planned to live in the University Residence Halls should contact University Housing at 608-262-2522 or to make new arrangements.

No. Students' admission to the L&S Honors Program will carry through to the new term of enrollment.

Contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment:

Office of Admissions and Recruitment
University of Wisconsin–Madison
702 W. Johnson Street Suite, 1101
Madison, WI 53715-1007
Phone: 608-262-3961