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U Launches New Admissions Process

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Nov. 26, 2012 – The University of Utah today announced an addition to its admissions process that makes it possible for newly accepted freshmen and transfer students to defer enrollment for a maximum of seven consecutive semesters. The process will go into effect for the fall semester of 2013.

The purpose of the process is to accommodate needs of students from extraordinary situations like illness, as well as military, humanitarian or religious service. Requests to defer admission will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

“This is an important new provision in our enrollment direction, and we strongly encourage students to take advantage of it,” says David W. Pershing, president of the University of Utah. “Freshman students who want to study at the U and are faced with other obligations, will not have to sacrifice their educational future. A deferment grants them a spot in their class at the U, and we guarantee a seamless re-entry when they are able to return. ”

Students must apply and be admitted to the university in order to be considered for a deferment. The first application deadline for fall semester 2013 is December 1, 2012. Application information is available online at

For continuing students, the university’s existing leave of absence policy provides similar continuity.

This latest enhancement is part of the university’s new commitment to student success by offering a more holistic review of the admissions process and freshmen applications.  The changes are designed to increase retention, advance academic performance and raise graduation rates. More information about the deferment process can be found at


The University of Utah, located in Salt Lake City in the foothills of the Wasatch Range, is the flagship institution of higher learning in Utah. Founded in 1850, it serves more than 32,000 students from across the United States and the world. With more than 100 major subjects at the undergraduate level and more than 90 major fields of study at the graduate level, including law and medicine, the university prepares students to live and compete in the global workplace. Learn more about all the U has to offer online at