Admission Deferment Policy

Admission Deferment Policy

In some extenuating circumstances, an admitted applicant may wish to delay entrance to Howard University College of Pharmacy.  Requests for such a deferment to a subsequent entering year will be considered on a case by case basis upon an admitted applicant’s written and signed request. Admission deferrals are not automatic but may be granted in appropriate circumstances based on the recommendation of the Dean. Accordingly, a student who requests and is approved to defer admission is considered under an obligation to enroll and attend the pharmacy program the following year. An offer of admission is made only for the next academic year and generally cannot be deferred. Hence, applicant should apply for admission in the year in which he or she would like to matriculate. 

Only students who accept an offer of admission, paid the non-refundable deposit, satisfied all fall admissions requirements (i.e. outstanding prerequisite coursework, PBP Program, etc.), and cleared the background screening check will be considered for a deferral request.


Admission Deferment Procedure

Should an extenuating situation arise, a newly admitted student may request an admission deferment to the Dean of the College of Pharmacy.  The request is to be written in the form of a letter providing an explanation for the request and accompanied by supporting documentation.  

If Deferment is Approved:

  • Granted deferments are final and your seat in the current entering year will be forfeited. 
  • Scholarships cannot be retained but deferred candidates will be re-evaluated for scholarships in the spring of their deferred year, by submitting the new Supplemental Application by the February 1 deadline.
  • You will be required to sign an agreement contract certifying that you will not apply to, attend or hold a deferment at another College/School of Pharmacy.  Violations of the contract will result in the deferment being revoked.
  • You will submit a new Supplemental Application by the February 1 deadline. 

If Deferment is Denied:

  • In the event that the deferment is denied, you will still have the option to enroll in the fall semester of the year you initially applied.