Deferring your offer of admission

If you have been admitted to a first-year program at UVic, you may be able to defer your admission to the following September. A few examples of opportunities or circumstances that are considered as valid grounds for deferral are:

  • participation in an exchange or volunteer program
  • financial necessity
  • personal health or psychological affliction
  • distress or responsibility regarding an immediate family member.

Except in extenuating circumstances, deferrals are usually only available to high school students. Most other applicants must reapply when they are ready to begin their studies at UVic.

Deadline and important information

The deadline to submit a deferral request is August 1. Requests will not usually be considered after this date.

  • Requests to defer admission should not be submitted until after an initial offer of conditional admission has been received.
  • All conditions of the offer must be met before the deferral decision can be made (i.e. after final grades have been received).
  • Deferral decisions for programs with supplemental applications will be made in consultation with the department.
  • Students who defer admission may not attend another post-secondary institution. Attendance at another postsecondary institution will invalidate your deferral and you will be required to submit a new application for undergraduate studies.
  • Housing and scholarships will also be considered for deferral.

Apply for a deferral

Submit your deferral request to no later than August 1. Your request must include:

  • your UVic student number
  • the faculty/program to which you have been accepted
  • the reasons for your request
  • all available supporting documentation (e.g. physician's letter, proof of exchange program, etc.).

Once your request has been submitted, you will receive an acknowledgement email. Decisions are sent out by email beginning in mid-August.

  • If your deferral is approved, you will receive a new admission letter via email in early September, followed by a pre-registration email the next May.
  • If you have been offered an entrance scholarship, contact the Scholarship Officer (, 250-721-8108) to discuss your intention to defer.


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