Frequently Asked Questions: Admitted Students who Defer Enrollment

Freshman admitted students 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.

Yes, but only freshman admitted students.

  • Students will receive an acknowledgement email indicating whether or not the reason for the deferral plan is approved and next steps.
  • Next, students are required to self-report midyear senior class grades as soon as possible, no later than February 28.
  • Then, students are required to self-report final grades by May 31 AND submit an official FINAL high school transcript as soon as possible, no later than June 30.
  • Finally, only after review of final grades and successful completion of senior year, the appropriate deferred enrollment letter (either denial or granted letter with deferred enrollment student contract) will be posted via the Student Center.

No. Students granted deferred enrollment are required to BOTH complete and authorize the deferred enrollment student contract and complete the deferred enrollment confirmation checklist via the Student Center. Doing so will finalize the deferred enrollment process per the deferred enrollment student contract, and the student will be guaranteed admission for the new term and able to register for classes.

Via the Student Center, students will be prompted to confirm that they completed the criteria per the deferred student contract and verify and/or give updated information, including permanent and mailing addresses, about the reason they deferred enrollment. They also need to complete an updated Record of Residence form for the Residency Office regardless of whether or not the home address or residency status has changed after September 15.

Students will need to complete the deferred enrollment confirmation checklist via the Student Center by October 1 for the spring term or by February 2 for the fall term.

As long as the required materials on the checklist are received and they have successfully completed their senior year, students will be guaranteed admission for the new term.

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

If granted deferred enrollment, students must submit their official final high school transcript by June 30 as well as electronically sign the deferred enrollment student contract via the Student Center by July 15.

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 http://www.testing.wisc.edu 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 and pay 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, which is a mandatory two-day orientation program in the summer for freshman students who plan to enroll and their parents.

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 Financial Aid (FAFSA). For more information, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 608-262-3060 or finaid@finaid.wisc.edu.

Students who planned to live in the University Residence Halls should contact University Housing at 608-262-2522 or assignme@housing.wisc.edu 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
www.admissions.wisc.edu/contactus