Wait until you are in-in before you discuss a deferral – as in, pay your deposit to hold your spot and pay your first year fees if it is a very competitive program. That said, schools can revoke admission if you request a deferral. So play your cards very carefully.
While it is unusual to revoke admission, it is not uncommon to simply not grant the deferral – at which point you either enroll or you are asked to reapply when you are ready. Your circumstance needs to be commensurate with that reality. A nuclear family major illness – usually granted. But, a student reported that despite a major, major family illness, he was not granted a deferral until he had completed his first term and the family member had gotten much, much worse. He remarked that a student support staff member had recommended the ill family member be moved to Boston since, “the hospitals are excellent here.” He was less than thrilled with the quality of life at his chosen bschool….
Remember why you’re headed to bschool. It isn’t for fun and friends. Expect them to be sharp.
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