Students can request an opportunity to defer in writing. Normally, deferrals aregranted for unusual or mitigating circumstances that create challenges for a student to enter medical school at that time. Also some “once in a lifetime
opportunities” may arise, making a request to defer reasonable. Some examples
include difficult family circumstances, birth of a child, participation in the
Olympics, a Fulbright Scholarship opportunity, Teach for America, etc.
The medical school wants students to enter when they have achieved a high
degree of readiness to engage fully in the medical school program. The
Associate Dean for Admissions decide whether to grant the deferral.
student is a non-resident at the time of initial acceptance, it is not possible
to move to Colorado and during the year of deferral become a Colorado
resident. There are certain requirements regarding deferral that must be
Student must complete the majority of paperwork as if entering in
the year for which they applied and pay the $200 deposit.
For the actual year in which you plan to enter, an AMCAS
application must be completed, where you will be in a special category of
You may only apply to Colorado during the year in which you plan
to enter. If you wish to apply to other schools, you must simply withdraw
your application from Colorado.
As a deferred applicant, you will not have to complete the
secondary application, pay the AMCAS fee, nor have to interview.
Normally, most deferrals are for one year only.