Important Dates for Enrolling Students

Please check back to this page periodically during the enrollment process as dates are subject to change.

This timeline is designed to help you prepare to enroll at PNCA and Willamette University. We’ll be in contact with you to support you through each of the tasks outlined here, so please keep an eye on your email for detailed instructions outlining how to complete each item in this list.

Your first step is to submit your enrollment deposit, which secures your place in our next entering class of students. Login to your applicant status page, submit the Reply to Your Offer of Admission and then submit your payment. If you have questions regarding your reply and deposit, contact the Admissions Office at or 503-821-8972.

Please reply to your offer of admission by May 1. The final reply deadline is August 5.

May 1, 2024

Submit Enrollment Deposit
Submit your enrollment deposit in your applicant status page to secure your place in the next entering cohort.

Aug. 26, 2024

First Day of Classes

Fall semester classes begin. You can access the full academic calendar online.

Deferring Admission

Students admitted to PNCA may request to defer their admission for up to one year to pursue opportunities that will further enrich their preparation for college. Deferrals are typically approved for opportunities including travel, work, service, personal study or another pursuit.

Prior to requesting a deferral, we encourage students to discuss their plans with their admissions counselor who can assist with the steps below.

  • Submit the Reply to the Offer of Admission form in your applicant status page and submit the $500 non-refundable enrollment deposit by the enrollment deadline noted on your applicant status page. Please understand, there are no circumstances under which a deposit is refunded.
  • Email the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at to request a deferral. The Request for a Deferred Enrollment form will be added to your applicant status page. You will be able to provide more information about the length of your requested deferral and what you plan to do during the time period.
  • Your request will be reviewed by the Dean of Admissions and you will be notified via email and through your applicant status page within two weeks. If approved, your enrollment will be updated to the new entry term.
  • You are expected to check your email address regularly and reply to updates as necessary.
  • You will be asked to reconfirm your enrollment by the dates below. Should your plans for enrollment change, you must notify the Office of Undergraduate Admission as soon as possible. If you fail to reconfirm your enrollment by the deadline, your application will be closed and enrollment canceled. You will forfeit the deposit paid.
  • If you wish to be considered for need-based financial aid, you should reapply with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • You are required to reply to your offer of admission and submit the $500 non-refundable deposit to hold your place in the future class.
  • You may not submit deposits for enrollment or deferred enrollment at any other institution.
  • You must notify all other colleges to which you were admitted of your decision to enroll at Pacific Northwest College of Art at Willamette University.
  • You may not enroll on a full-time basis at another college or university during the deferral period. You may take limited coursework to maintain academic focus. You must submit an official transcript for all coursework completed regardless of your intention to transfer or apply the credit to your PNCA degree.
  • Deferrals may be approved for one semester (fall to spring or spring to fall) or one year (fall to fall or spring to spring). We strongly encourage first-time freshmen to begin coursework in the fall semester.
  • Should you choose to apply for admission to other institutions during the deferral period, you must contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to close your application and cancel your enrollment. You will forfeit the deposit paid.
  • An approved deferral secures your merit-based scholarship; however, as need-based aid is awarded annually based on information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you must resubmit your FAFSA in the year of enrollment.

Please note the deadline to request a deferral based on your original admission application. Should your deferral be approved, we will ask you to reconfirm your enrollment by the deadline listed for your new entry term.

Deadlines to Request a Deferral (Based on the Original Application Term)

Original Application Term

Deferral Request Deadline

Fall 2023

June 30, 2023

Spring 2024

January 5, 2024

Fall 2024

June 30, 2024

Spring 2025

January 3, 2025

Fall 2025

June 30, 2025

Deadlines to Reconfirm Enrollment (Based on the New Entry Term)

New Entry Term

Deadline to Reconfirm Enrollment

Spring 2024

December 8, 2023

Fall 2024

January 15, 2024

Spring 2025

December 6, 2024

Fall 2025

January 15, 2025

Spring 2026

December 5, 2025

Fall 2026

January 15, 2026

Spring 2027

December 4, 2026

Fall 2027

January 15, 2027