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Military Enrollment Deferral

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Admitted first-year Cornell Engineering students may be able to apply for a one or two-year deferred enrollment. Requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Engineering Admissions Office and are generally granted for military obligations/assignments.

Deadlines

Early Decision Candidates: The deadline to request an enrollment deferral for the 2017-2018 academic year is March 1, 2017.

Regular Decision Candidates: The deadline to request an enrollment deferral for the 2017-2018 academic year is June 1, 2017.

If you are granted an enrollment deferral, the following conditions apply:

1. You must officially accept your offer of admission from Cornell University.

2. You must submit a $400 deposit reserving your place in a future class of Cornell Engineers. (Note: An $800 deposit is required for two-year deferrals). 

3. You must formally withdraw your application(s) from any college/university to which you have applied.

4. You must formally decline your offer(s) of admission from any college/university to which you have been admitted.

5. You must NOT apply to, or enroll at, another college/university during your deferral period.

Please note: If you are granted a deferral of admission, you will receive information in the spring prior to enrolling at Cornell to help you prepare for your arrival.

Students admitted from the wait list are expected to enroll for the upcoming fall semester and are rarely granted deferrals.

Military Enrollment Deferral Request Process

To officially request a military deferral of enrollment from Cornell Engineering, please complete the form at the bottom of this page. Once the form has been received, you will be contacted within 5 business days regarding the status of your request. Please contact the Engineering Admissions Office by emailing: engr_admissions@cornell.edu, or by calling: 607.255.5008 should you have any questions about the enrollment deferral process.

In addition to submitting a formal enrollment deferral request form, students applying for a one or two-year deferral due to a military assignment must provide the Engineering Admissions Office with formal confirmation of the military service in the form of a letter from a commanding officer, and/or a conscription notice providing verification that he/she will be, or is currently, fulfilling a military service commitment. It is critical to secure this official documentation in a timely manner in order to finalize the enrollment deferral process

Military service verification forms can be submit to the Engineering Admissions Office in two ways:

Option 1
Email a scanned copy of the verification form as an attachment to engr_admissions@cornell.edu using the subject heading: "Deferral Request, Military Verification Form" and mail an official copy to the following address:

Engineering Admissions Office
102 Hollister Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-3501
USA
Attn: Deferral Request Military Verification Form

Option 2
Fax the verification  for to the following number: 607-255-0971 and mail an official copy to the following address:

Engineering Admissions Office Swanson Center
102 Hollister Hall 
Ithaca, NY 14853-3501 
USA 
Attn: Deferral Request Military Verification Form

Military Enrollment Deferral Request Form