Our Best Answer - Does Cornell grant deferrals?
Admitted first-year Cornell students may be able to apply for a one or two-year deferred entry. Requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the college/school to which a student has been admitted. Deferrals have been granted in previous years for a variety of reasons but are granted at the discretion of each college/school.
In general, Cornell broadly supports the notion of a gap year experience for students between high school and college. Successful gap year experiences start with a well-developed plan and include personal goals. Admitted international students who seek a deferral due to mandatory military service in their home countries are typically granted deferral.
Please note: Students admitted from the wait list are expected to enroll for the upcoming fall semester and are rarely granted deferrals.
Deferral Request Deadlines:
Early Decision Candidates: The deadline to request an enrollment deferral is March 1 of the year the student is scheduled to matriculate.
Regular Decision Candidates: The deadline to request an enrollment deferral is June 1 of the year the student is scheduled to matriculate.
For instructions on the deferral process, admitted students should contact the Admissions Office of the Cornell college/school to which they have been admitted, and review the information found on Cornell’s Enrollment Deferral Policy website.