Reapplication & Deferrals

  • Applicants who were not offered admission or who declined an offer of admission are welcome to reapply. The Admissions Office maintains applications for a period of three years. The reapplication process for those wishing to reapply within the three year timeframe is simplified. More information regarding the re-application process can be found on the application policies section of our website.

  • Applicants who are intending to reapply to The Fletcher School in the future may request feedback on an application from the most recent admissions cycle. To request feedback, send an email request to the Office of Admissions at In your request, please not when you originally applied, any special questions you have regarding your application, what you intend to do over the next year, and when you plan to reapply.

  • Admitted students may request a one-semester or one-year deferral. Deferrals requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may be granted for a unique employment opportunity, special fellowship program, approved joint degree program, or family or medical emergency; deferrals are generally not granted for financial reasons. The granting of deferrals beyond one year is extremely rare.

    Deferral requests must be submitted in writing to the Director of Admissions at The Fletcher School, and should be made before the enrollment decision deadline specified in the admissions letter. Requests for a deferral due to unanticipated changes in student circumstances will be accepted on a case-by-case basis after that deadline. If a deferral is granted, students must submit a $2,000 non-refundable deferral deposit, in addition to the $500 non-refundable enrollment deposit (for a total of $2,500). Admitted students whose future plans remain uncertain, or those with insufficient funds, are advised to decline the offer of admission and reapply at a later date when circumstances may be more certain or stable.