Deferral of Enrollment & Reactivation Policy

Deferral of Enrollment

Admitted students may request a deferral of their enrollment for one or two semesters, with the following exceptions:

  • Nursing, Pharm.D., Kinesiology, and Landscape Architecture students may not defer for only one semester, due to the design of the curriculum. These programs only begin in the fall semester.

  • Students may not defer in order to attend college elsewhere, or to enroll in a post-graduate year of high school. Admitted transfer students may defer in order to remain at their current college for an additional semester.

How to Request a Deferral of Enrollment

All deferral requests must be submitted prior to the first day of classes for the original semester of enrollment (i.e., if the student was admitted for fall semester, the deferral request must be submitted prior to the start of fall classes).

To request a deferral, email The subject message should be “Deferral Request,” and the message must contain your name and URI ID#. Requests may also be submitted by mail to URI Admission, 14 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881. Please indicate whether you are requesting a one-semester or two- semester deferral.

Deferral requests should include a detailed description of your intended plans.

  • If you have been accepted to a structured gap year program, please attach a copy of your acceptance letter.
  • If you have entered military service or have been deployed, please attach a copy of your military orders.
  • If you are requesting deferral for medical reasons, please attach medical documentation from your physician.

In order to defer your enrollment, you must pay your enrollment deposit (and housing deposit, if housing is desired) by the deferral deadline date.

  • If your deferral request is approved, the deposit(s) will be applied to your new semester of enrollment.
  • If your deferral request is not approved, your deposit will be refunded.

Deferral requests will be conditionally approved until your final high school transcript or official college transcript for the final semester of enrollment is received by our office. You will be notified if your deferral is approved when we receive these documents. Transfer applicants for spring semester may be approved for deferral pending receipt of official transcripts showing fall grades.

If you were awarded a merit scholarship and are requesting a deferral, your scholarship eligibility will be reevaluated when your final transcripts are received. Merit scholarships are subject to the continuation requirements in effect at the time of your enrollment. Information about your merit scholarship will be included in your new acceptance letter when your deferral is approved.

Please Note: If you decide not to attend the University after you have registered for the semester, you will be unable to defer your admission unless you properly withdraw from your classes. If the semester has already started and you have not properly withdrawn from your classes, you will be held responsible for a portion of your charges in accordance with the University refund schedule for that semester.

Reactivation Policy

The Common Application allows students to submit only one application within a calendar year. You may be eligible for reactivation if:

  1. A decision was not made on your application because you withdrew it or it was incomplete.
  2. You were denied admission, but you now have new academic information to present (i.e., a higher GPA or additional course work).
  3. You were admitted to URI, but attended another college or university for one semester and now wish to attend URI.

To reactivate your application, you must:

  1. Complete the reactivation form and submit it with the $65.00 application fee.
  2. Have your guidance counselor send us your official final high school transcript. If you were enrolled at another college, have your Registrar send an official college transcript.
  3. If you were admitted to URI as an entering freshman with a merit scholarship, chose to enroll at another college, and will have attempted fewer than 24 credits when you enroll at URI, we will consider granting you a pro-rated portion of your scholarship.

Please Note: This policy does not pertain to students who were enrolled at URI and left the University. In that case, you must complete the readmission form, and submit it to the dean of the college at URI to which you are applying for readmission. This form is available on the Enrollment Services website, Undergraduate Application for Readmission form.

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