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it depends on your circumstances.. I only know one person who's defered... and it was cuz she had a deathly ill family member. You'd have to call individual schools and find out their policies... I'm sure they vary from school to school. (and by your reason for deferring)
I don't think that would be an unusual request. I did it years ago, and so did several others in my class. Maybe things have changed, but you can always ask. I did it to save a little money before I started another 4 years of school. But you need to discuss this with the admissions people at the schools you have applied to.