Deferred Student Information

Thank you for considering the University of Virginia during your college search. As we continue to review applications for first year admission, we thought it would be helpful to provide the information below as a guide to better understanding the deferral process at UVA. We wish you the best as you enter the final semester of your senior year.

Deferred Student FAQs

What does receiving an admission decision of deferral mean?

If you were deferred to Regular Decision it means that we feel your application deserves another review. You possess many of the strengths we expect our admitted students to present in their applications but we cannot offer you admission at this stage. In many cases we want to see how deferred students are doing in the classroom during their senior year.

Will my application be reviewed again?

Students offered deferral must fill out the defer form in their student portal to be considered again in the Regular Decision process. Early Decision students must do this by January 15th. Early Action students must do this by February 15th.

When will I receive a final admission decision?

We will release all final admission decisions online no later than April 1. You may want to read Dean J's blog for updates.

Would writing a letter of interest help my chances of gaining admission?

No. Demonstrating your interest in attending is not a factor used in our admission process. 

May I speak with someone regarding my application decision?

We do not speak with callers about applications that are still under review.

What if I took an SAT, ACT with writing, or SAT subject test after the application deadline?

Please use your student portal to update testing as soon as it becomes available. We will review your application again in Regular Decision. We will only accept new standardized test results if you applied with testing.

When should I send my midyear grade report?

Please upload your midyear grades through the student portal as soon as they become available. Midyear grades must be uploaded by February 15th.

May I amend or update my application?

Other than midyear grade updates or new standardized test results, we will not be able to review any edits to your application or additional information. Please do not send additional information, including recommendations, during this time. We will only accept new standardized test results if you applied with testing.

When will I receive information on financial aid?

Students interested in receiving financial aid must submit the FAFSA and CSS Profile by the March 1 deadline. This is a firm deadline. If Student Financial Services does not receive both the FAFSA and CSS Profile by March 1, the student will not be eligible for grant funding in their award package. Tax returns may be submitted after March 1. Unfortunately, there will be no financial aid deadline extensions granted. Admitted students will receive their financial aid awards in early April. To learn more about financial aid, visit the Student Financial Services website.

How many deferred students do you expect to admit in RD?

We do not have any number or quota in mind as to the number of deferred students we would like to enroll. We will review the deferred students during Regular Decision and admit those whom we feel are the most prepared to impact our classrooms and community.

If I applied Test Optional Early Decision or Early Action, can I change this status?

No, we will not accommodate changes from test optional for applicants deferred to the Regular Decision round.