Students can request an opportunity to defer in
writing. Normally, deferrals are granted 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.
If a 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 met:
- 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.