Leave of Absence

Undergraduate Students

A Leave of Absence allows degree-seeking undergraduate students who have registered for and completed university credit classes to request an extension of their enrollment eligibility for a maximum period of seven consecutive semesters (including summers) to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  

How to File a Leave of Absence

Log in to Campus Information Services and click on the "Undergraduate Leave of Absence Request" link in the Student Records box under the Student tab.  The online form also allows you to notify Financial Aid & Scholarships, Residential Living (Student Housing), and/or Athletics (if a student athlete) of the leave from the University of Utah.

Policy 6-404 III Section H

Students applying for a Leave of Absence may also want to visit the University College website for helpful suggestions for course selection, things to do before leaving, and things to do upon returning to the University.  Our office also encourages students to meet with their academic advisor before taking a leave.

It is the student's responsibility to register for his/her returning semester.  If he/she needs to extend his/her Leave of Absence, the student will need to submit an extension by logging in to CIS and click on the "Undergraduate Leave of Absence Request" link in the Student Records box under the Student tab and upload new official documentation to support the extension request.  If a student does not register for the returning term requested, he/she must readmit through the Admissions Office.

International Undergraduate Students:

International students on a F1 or J1 visa taking a vacation semester or a medically necessary reduced course load of zero (0) credits must obtain permission from International Student & Scholar Services prior to submitting the International Undergraduate Student Request for Leave of Absence form. Vacation semesters for international students will only be approved for one semester. Medically necessary reduced course loads are approved for one semester at a time, and may be extended through the International Center for an additional semester to a maximum of three (3) semesters (one (1) academic year).

International Undergraduate Leave of Absence Form (PDF)

Graduate Students

Officially admitted domestic graduate students who have registered for and completed university credit class(es) may request a leave of absence to postpone their studies for up to one (1) year. The request must be approved by the student’s supervisory committee and/or the Department Chair/Director of Graduate Studies.

International Students on a F1 or J1 visa taking a vacation semester or a medically necessary reduced course load of zero (0) credits must obtain permission from the International Student & Scholar Services prior to submitting a Leave of Absence.  Vacation Semesters for international students will only be approved for one semester. Medically necessary reduced course loads are approved for one semester at a time, and may be extended through the International Student & Scholar Services for an additional semester to a maximum of three (3) semester (one (1) academic year).

Graduate Leave of Absence Form (PDF)

Undergraduate Student Deferment of Admission

Newly accepted freshman, transfer, or readmitted degree-seeking undergraduate students who wish to defer their start date to a later semester may apply for an admission deferment. For more information on the deferment process, please visit the Admission Office's Deferment Policy Page.

Registration and Records Division

Student Services Building,
Second Floor, Window 13

Email: registration@utah.edu

Office Hours

Monday - Friday   
8:00am - 5:00pm

Mailing Address:

Registration and Records
201 S 1460 E Rm 250N
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9056

Phone: (801) 581-5808
Fax: (801) 585-7860

 
Last Updated: 6/30/14