Decline/Defer Admission

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The directions on this page apply to admitted Barrett Honors College students who would be new first-year students at Arizona State University in the fall of 2020. 

These instructions do not apply to:

  • continuing Barrett students (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors) who should contact their Honors Advisor to withdraw from the college.
  • transfer students to ASU who have been admitted to Barrett for the fall, who should email to cancel their Barrett admission.

Please expand the section below that best describes your situation.

I have decided not to attend ASU

I have decided not to attend ASU

1. Cancel your ASU admission:

2. Cancel your Barrett admission by emailing with the subject line "Cancel Barrett Admission." In the body of your email, be sure to confirm you have cancelled your ASU admission, and include your name and 10-digit ASU ID number.

If you have already signed the housing contract for an on-campus assignment, the University Housing Office will automatically cancel your housing and dining selections after your ASU admission is cancelled. Housing cancellation fees may apply.

I plan to attend ASU as a non-honors college student

I plan to attend ASU as a non-honors college student

1. Email to cancel your Barrett Honors College admission. Be sure to provide your 10-digit ASU ID number and identify yourself as an admitted Barrett student who wishes to enroll at ASU in the fall as a non-honors student.

2. You will be promptly contacted by a Barrett staff member to confirm your request prior to your withdrawal from the honors college being processed.

3. After a staff member has confirmed your request, you will be removed from Barrett within 2-3 business days. You will then be able to register for a non-honors orientation and select from non-honors housing options within the residential community of your ASU academic college.

After the above three steps have been completed, if you have already:

  • registered for an upcoming Barrett orientation, email the ASU New Student Programs Office at to switch into a non-honors program.
  • selected housing in the Barrett community, change your assignment via your online housing portal to an available option within the residential community of your ASU academic college.
  • signed up for fall classes, drop the required honors class, HON 171 The Human Event, through your My ASU webpage.



Deferred admission is for students who wish to begin their studies in a later semester than the one for which they were admitted. Common reasons for deferment include religious volunteer work, U.S. military service, and personal circumstances regarding unique health or financial situations.

Please note: students who defer their admission may not attend another 2- or 4-year college or university before they begin at ASU. These students have not deferred but instead declined their admission to enroll elsewhere and will have to re-apply to ASU and Barrett.

Here are the steps for deferment:

1. At least 30 days prior to the first day of class, request to defer your ASU admission at

2. If you have received an ASU scholarship, defer your award. This action will be completed in tandem with step 1 through ASU.

3. After your ASU deferment is approved, email to defer your Barrett admission. In your email, be sure to confirm your ASU deferment has been processed and identify when you will be starting at the university (e.g. fall 2022).

4. Withdraw from your housing assignment and scheduled orientation program. If you have already attended orientation, withdraw from your fall classes.

5. Have your final transcripts sent to the central ASU Admission Services office but not to Barrett.

Note: ASU and Barrett are unable to defer any privately awarded scholarships. You must notify your private scholarship sponsor of your deferment request with ASU. Private scholarship deferment decisions will be made by the scholarship sponsor.