How do I request a delay of my admission?
Delayed admission allows a newly admitted first-year applicant to delay the start of attendance at Michigan State University. A delay will defer a student's admission for two semesters (summer semester is not included in this count). Please note that certain majors and/or direct admit programs may not be eligible for delayed admission. Also, at this time housing is not guaranteed for spring semester.
Students can request a delay of admission for the following reasons:
- military service
- unique travel or work opportunity
- cultural enrichment opportunity
- international visa processing delays
- other (please let us know your specific circumstances)
Students cannot take a delay of admission to enroll in another college or university or to establish Michigan residency. College course work is not allowed during a delay of admission. Taking college course work invalidates the delay of admission and the student would need to reapply for admission as a transfer student.
To request a delay of admission,
- pay the $250 Advanced Enrollment Deposit by May 1 — if this deadline is missed, you will need to submit a new application;
- request a delay of admission in your student account by Aug. 1;
- submit your official, final high school transcripts by June 30 (students who attend schools outside of the U.S. may provide final transcripts after this time, but as soon as they are available).
Scholarships and financial aid
First-year applicants who delay enrollment for one semester will retain their merit-based scholarships for the future term (pending continued academic success as shown on your final high school transcript).
Merit-based scholarships will not carry forward for students who delay enrollment for two semesters, but students will be considered for awards for the new term of entry. Scholarship awarding criteria and dollar amounts are subject to change.
Students who have received a collegiate or departmental scholarship need to contact that office directly for clarification on whether the award will carry over.
Need-based financial aid will not carry forward. Students will need to supply a new FAFSA, if applicable, and will be reevaluated for need-based awards for the new term of entry. For more information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.
First-year applicants may retain their Honors College invitation and scholarships for up to two semesters if they do not take classes at a post-secondary institution prior to their desired term of enrollment.
Students who have been awarded direct admission to an academic program must contact the academic department for clarification on whether they are eligible for delayed admission.