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Deferred Enrollment Policy

When first-year students apply to Wittenberg University for a designated entrance term, it is assumed that upon the decision to attend Wittenberg, the student will enroll in the term for which they applied. However, under certain circumstances, a student may make the decision to defer their enrollment to a future term.

Deferred Acceptance

After receiving an offer of admission from Wittenberg University, students seeking to defer their acceptance to a later term must make a request by sending an email to admission@wittenberg.edu. The student must include an explanation of why the deferral is being requested, and the start term for which they plan to begin classes at Wittenberg. After the gap year (or gap semester) has occurred, a student must reactivate their acceptance. To reactivate an acceptance, the student is required to send a statement with an explanation of their gap year (or semester), and a request to reactivate their prior acceptance to Wittenberg. The student’s acceptance, merit scholarship, and awarded Special Interest or Fine Arts Awards will remain valid for one year. If a student has enrolled in any credit-bearing courses at another college or university the deferral becomes void, and the student will be required to reapply to Wittenberg as a transfer student. The student’s application file with updated application materials will be re-evaluated for admission and transfer scholarships.

Deferred Deposit

After receiving an offer of admission from Wittenberg University and paying the enrollment deposit, students seeking to defer their acceptance and deposit to a later term must make a request by sending an email to admission@wittenberg.edu. The student must include an explanation of why the deferral is being requested, and the start term for which they plan to begin classes at Wittenberg. After the gap year (or gap semester) has occurred, a student must reactivate their acceptance and deposit. To reactivate an acceptance and deposit, the student is required to send a statement with an explanation of their gap year (or semester), and a request to reactivate their prior acceptance to Wittenberg. The student’s acceptance, paid deposit, merit scholarship, and awarded Special Interest or Fine Arts Awards will remain valid for one year. A deferred deposit is non-refundable. If a student has enrolled in any credit-bearing courses at another college or university the deferral becomes void, and the student will be required to reapply to Wittenberg as a transfer student. The student’s application file with updated application materials will be re-evaluated for admission and transfer scholarships. If the student reapplies and is not admitted as a transfer student, the paid deposit is non-refundable.

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