In a crucial policy shift aimed at accommodating young Mormon missionaries, the University of Utah will allow incoming students to defer admission while they pursue church, humanitarian or military service for up to 2½ years.
Current policies require students who want to put off college to apply for a leave of absence, but they can make the request only after they complete at least one semester of school.
"Freshman students who want to study at the U and are faced with other obligations, will not have to sacrifice their educational future. A deferment grants them a spot in their class at the U, and we guarantee a seamless re-entry when they are able to return," said U. President David Pershing in a news release Monday announcing the new policy.
In another first, the state flagship is also requiring all admitted students to put up a $150 deposit.