Please read all policies before submitting your request for a deferral. The request to defer is final.
Once you have been admitted to Baruch College as a freshman for the Fall term, you may submit a request to defer your admission for a maximum of one year (two semesters) for any of the following reasons:
Pursue a Special Opportunity
Guidelines for applying for a deferral of admission:
A request for a deferral explaining the reason why the student would like to defer their admission must be submitted no later than May 1. All students must accept the offer of admission and pay the commitment deposit on or before May 1. There will be no exceptions to this policy. Requests for a deferral are subject to approval by the Director of Admissions. You will receive an email with a decision within five business days. All decisions are final. Approval is contingent upon high school graduation. You will need to provide a final high school transcript indicating date of graduation. If approved a student can defer their admission for a maximum of one year only. Deferrals of freshman admission to Baruch College cannot be longer than one year. Therefore, you cannot receive an extension of your deferral. Any first year student deferring due to U.S. Military requirements such as basic training or a deployment, may be considered for future entry in the spring or fall.
During a deferred year you must not take any college credit-bearing courses; enrollment in any college credit-bearing courses during the deferred year, regardless of whether or not the course(s) is completed, will nullify the deferral. A deferral assumes the student will ultimately enroll at Baruch as a freshman and will not enroll at another degree-granting post-secondary institution of higher education during the deferral prior to their enrollment at Baruch. Students wishing to earn college credit during their deferral will be nullifying both their freshman admission to Baruch and their deferral. If the student would like to attend Baruch after completing college credits during the deferral, they will have to apply for transfer admission to the College and be subject to a transfer application fee. There is no guarantee that such a student will be granted transfer admission to Baruch.
Macaulay and Baruch Scholars who wish to defer their admission:
Macaulay Scholars and Baruch Scholars who defer their admission will keep their membership and all the benefits of the program. You will receive an email with a decision within five business days. If approved a new “acceptance” form will be sent out to you automatically one semester before you plan to return. Please be sure to return the updated acceptance form. If the college does not receive this form, the student will no longer be considered a deferral and would need to apply again to the college. Students will need to reapply for financial aid (FAFSA) and TAP no later than March prior to the Fall semester in which they plan to enroll.
Dean’s Scholars who wish to defer their admission:
Note that a student who is offered membership into the Dean Scholars program and defers their admission will be forfeiting their membership and all the benefits the of the program but can return to the College as a general freshman.
It is the admitted student’s responsibility to:
Submit the Deferment Request form to the Office of Undergraduate Admission no later than May 1. Update the Office of Undergraduate Admission on any change of email address, physical address, or contact information prior to departure. Adhere to Baruch’s Admission Deferment Policy. Return acceptance forms to the Office of Admissions and file FAFSA and TAP by the March prior to the Fall semester in which they will return.
The College will email ALL deferral students in February of the following year to confirm that they will be returning to Baruch College after their gap year. It is their responsibility to confirm their return no later than March 1st prior to the start of the fall semester. Students who do not confirm their return will have their deferrals cancelled. Their seat for the fall semester is not guaranteed until they confirm their return and receive an acknowledgement from our office. Students not notifying the college by March 1 will have their admission voided and will need to file a new application.