An offer of admission is made only for the next academic year and generally cannot be deferred. The Graduate School, however, permits academic departments to recommend admission deferrals on a case-by-case basis. If granted, the deferral is normally for one year only; the student is expected to have accepted Princeton’s offer of admission and support. Accordingly, a student who requests and is approved to defer admission is considered under an obligation to enroll and attend the graduate program the following year.
If you are interested in deferring your enrollment, you should first contact your department to discuss your intentions. Upon their approval, you should choose the "I accept but defer" box on your electronic contract and upload a brief statement explaining your reasons for the deferral request. Once all documents have been received, the Graduate Admission Office will forward your request to the deans of the Graduate School for approval. A defer is NOT confirmed without Graduate School approval.
Under exceptional circumstances, where the deferred student fails to satisfy the reason for or conditions of the deferral, the deferral may be withdrawn.
Requests for deferral made after June 1 will not be granted.