Deferral and Gap Year Requests

Standard Deferral Policy

An application remains valid up to two (2) semesters after the original term of submission. Deferrals for admission may be requested within this time period without the need to reapply. 

Once an application has expired a new application must be submitted for consideration. Restrictions for deferrals may apply as some academic programs only admit during certain times of the year. Questions or requests for standard deferrals may be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 513-556-1100 or

Gap Year Deferrals

A gap year is a full year taken off by a student (most commonly between high school and college) with the purpose of gaining personal or professional experience, therefore falling outside the parameters of the standard deferral policy above. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and are dependent on the circumstances surrounding the gap year and the program to which admission was granted. Students must confirm their offer of admission before the deadline for a gap year request to be processed.

For consideration, please email a formal request, including as much detail as possible, to Brooke Francis-Lynch at for domestic students and Jason Chambers, Assistant Director, at for international students.

Please Note: If at any time during the deferral period college coursework is completed and credit earned, the deferral will be nullified and the applicant must formally reapply to the university as a transfer student, supplying transcripts from each institution attended. This includes those applicants who join either the Air Force or Air National Guard as their training includes coursework from the Community College of the Air Force. No other branches of the military grant academic credit and therefore students who enlist in branches other than the Air Force or Air National Guard will not be required to reapply as transfer students.