How did you go about asking for deferral?.. at this point I plan on sending a letter and calling the school. I recognize that many schools state that they do not offer a deferral option... However, it seems that some may have been granted this. Background: I've been accepted at my top choice schools, but I am leaning towards taking a year off for a transitional experience: I plan to continue involvement in healthcare and teaching (most likely abroad) and I have no doubt that I will be a better more refreshed dental student in fall 2010, than I would be in fall 2009. My stats are around the average for accepted students at the schools I am looking at (20/21/20 3.75), I'm guessing that avg. stats will not change drastically in one year, and I may be able to bite the $$ and risk reapplying. When I reapply I will state which schools I applied to, I don't know how this will be perceived. I don't have cold feet, and I know I will grow while in dental school, I would just like to spend a year doing something not related to my career before loading up on debt and establishing myself as a dentist.