Deferred and Early Admission

At Mount Holyoke, we realize that personal schedules differ. Some students are ready for college early; others want the flexibility to experience a foreign country or a professional opportunity before starting college.

Deferred Admission

Each year, Mount Holyoke approves a limited number of deferral requests, typically in support of a gap experience such as a clearly outlined service or experiential learning program.

Only admitted students who have submitted their enrollment deposit are eligible to apply for a deferred entry. Requests should be submitted via our deferral form no later than June 15. 

Please note that those approved for deferred entry may not enroll as a degree-seeking student at another institution but may take classes at a community college. Students who wish to take classes and transfer credit back to Mount Holyoke must consult with the Registrar’s Office before committing to a plan.

Early Admission

Some talented students are ready for college after just three years of high school. The Office of Admission will consider an early entrance application, but the student must demonstrate exceptional maturity (both personally and intellectually). The student should also have good reasons for wanting early admission and the support of her parents and college counselor. Questions? Contact admission.