rinkrat19 wrote:Do you know any students who requested and were granted 1-year deferrals on admission? (And obviously, the mandatory deferrals of some applicants straight of UG to get WE before matriculating don't count.) I am wondering how stingy NU is with granting them--whether you need to have an excuse like a parent dying or a once-in-a-lifetime internship opportunity, or whether some valid (but not earth-shattering) work- and finance-related reasons might suffice.
also, if you take a deferal, an you still go to this year's ASW, and do you pay a seat deposit this year?
I did this last year b/c we were having a kid (see tar). I didn't get the impression that they were stingy, but you need to have a real reason, not just indecision. I believe it says on their site that you need either an exceptional opportunity or hardship. I'd say it depends on what you mean by "finance-related". If you do defer, you pay 3 seat deposits: 1 in April, 1 in August, 1 in the next April.
There's no harm in asking admissions what they think before you officially request the deferral, that's what I did.
Congrats on the kid.
I think my best 'reason' to defer is professional--I work in a very small department, already shorthanded and operating under an interim director. Losing me would be a problem and replacing me quickly would be hard, since we aren't sure the interim director even has hiring power. My boss has offered to write a letter in support.
My financial reason is that I don't become vested in my retirement plan until December, so I'd lose that money if I quit before then.
This whole time I've been planning on going to LS part time here at home, keeping my job. Then NU accepted me and my entire plan got turned upside down. It's the only school I applied to that could tempt me to move, but since I wasn't planning on moving, I'm just not prepared for it, logistically. I'm hoping I can sell NU on the fact that their school is so sooperawesome that a mere email from them convinced me to rearrange my life...I just need a little longer to do it.
Thanks for the info.