Deferred admissions means that an institution has not yet completed reviewing an application file and will make a final decision on admission status at a later date. Deferred admissions generally fall into one of two categories. The first type of deferred admission occurs when an early decision applicant gets moved into the regular applicant pool. The second type of deferred admissions is when a regular admissions applicant is required to submit further academic records or supplementary materials to the institution in order to make a decision about the application.
Deferred admisisons can also refer to when a student is accepted into an academic program but chooses to delay their commencement date by one full academic year. Many students who choose to take a gap year following their completion of secondary school defer their admission in order to guarantee their position in a desired academic program.