College admissions offers shouldn’t expire after a year

January 4, 2019

Picture this: you’re a high school student from southeastern Idaho. You’ve already been automatically admitted to public higher education institutions, the University of Idaho included, on the basis of your academic qualifications (our statewide Direct Admissions program at work). But like many people from your Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints community, you’re inclined to serve a religious mission — at least two years in a faraway place, with limited contact home, and with all your energy focused on serving your faith.

Two years later, newly returned to the Gem State from your mission, you’re more mature, more confident, more experienced. The four-year degree you’ve put off awaits … just as soon you deliver your transcripts, your test scores, your financial information and more — to the institution that already accepted you once. After all, at most institutions, you can only defer admission for one year.

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