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Fall 2020 Deferral Options

To our fall 2020 admitted students — we cannot wait to have you join our community! We know that this fall will look a lot different than we all had initially planned. However, not everything has changed. At DePaul, online education is not something that began suddenly last spring. For years we have offered a rigorous training program to faculty who teach online; the DePaul Online Teaching Series (DOTS) has been nationally recognized since its inception back in 2008. Our commitment to small class sizes means that online learning is discussion-based and personal, just like our in-person classes have always been. Our quarter system means that courses are only ten weeks long, which means more flexibility for you as we all navigate through these uncertain times together.

DePaul is committed to offering students a high-quality, connected and personalized educational experience that is accessible, safe and flexible. You will continue to work through the same nationally respected curricula; be taught by the same world-class faculty; and make personal connections with professors and classmates who are as passionate about advancing their knowledge as you are. You will have online access to Career Services, academic advising, the library, counseling, wellness and mental health support, which we know is more important than ever. Your faculty and staff remain ready to support you through these challenging times. Student Affairs is continuing to establish ways for students to engage and socialize with each other online. Your academic advisor can assist you if you would like to change your fall course schedule.

While we certainly want to have you join our community this fall, if the best decision for you/your family is to postpone your start term, you can defer your admission to our winter, spring, or fall 2021 quarters and still maintain your freshman academic scholarship, even if you choose to take courses elsewhere in the meantime. Your scholarship will be pro-rated based on the term you join us.

To update your entry term, follow these steps:

  • Update your application through your Blue Demon Domain
  • Navigate to “Want to update your Entry Term?” and select “YES”
  • Indicate your updated entry term.
    • Winter Quarter 2021 (January–March)
    • Spring Quarter 2021 (March–June)
    • Fall Quarter 2021 (September–November)
  • Select whether you will be enrolled at another educational institution in the meantime.
    • If you do enroll elsewhere, we will need you to submit transcripts for our review prior to enrollment at DePaul.
    • If you are not enrolling elsewhere, select what your plans are from the list:
      • Gap Year Program
      • Health Reasons
      • Military Service
      • Obtaining Visa
      • Spend Time With Friends and Family
      • Travel
      • Working to Save Money
      • Other
  • We will follow up with you if we have any questions and with your next steps, including course selection information if you indicate you will enroll elsewhere.
  • You will receive a new admit packet prior to your new entry term.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your tuition deposit will secure your spot for that new entry term. It won’t need to be paid again and goes directly towards tuition for your first quarter.

No, you will attend orientation prior to your entry term and should not attend Premiere over the summer if you have already deferred or know you will defer your start to winter quarter (or later). Our partners in New Student and Family Engagement and First Year Programs are already thinking through what winter quarter orientation and Chicago Quarter courses will look like if it turns out that we have a large group of freshmen deferring their start to winter.

You will need to be sure to drop all of your courses through Campus Connect, as course registration happens at orientation. If you do not drop your courses, you will still be charged for fall tuition even if you don’t attend fall quarter courses.

Students that defer their freshman admission will take the Chicago Quarter course in their first term at DePaul—some sections of Explore Chicago are offered in winter and spring. Transfer students don’t have a Chicago Quarter requirement.

You have plenty of time—we suggest updating your term by September 1st so we can start working with you on your next steps, but if you need more time than that, you can update your term any time prior to the start of when you want to enroll with us.

No, these awards, awarded to some admitted freshmen, are only available for a start term of Fall 2020. If you update your term you can appeal for additional need-based financial aid.

Visit the Transferring Your Courses page to view online resources to help you with course selection if you choose to earn some credits while you wait to join us. Our DePaul Transfer Resources video will walk you through all of the transfer resources on our site. You can also talk with one of our admission counselors about selecting courses that will transfer to DePaul.

You can take up to 30 semester hours of credit elsewhere if you were admitted as a freshman for fall 2020 and choose to update your entry term to winter, spring or fall 2021.

Students admitted to the Theatre School are not able to defer their admission. Connect with Theatre admissions at for more information. Students admitted to the School of Music may be able to defer. Connect with Music admissions at to learn more.