Common Reasons:

  • Gain hands-on life experience

  • Find out more about yourself

  • Clarify personal interests, course of study, career path

  • Practice professional and personal development skills

  • Adventure! To try something challenging!

  • Build meaningful relationships

  • Enter college more focused, mature, and passionate about completing course of study

  • Learn about service, place, and global issues

  • Mentorship


The Latest Research:

  • Students who take a Gap Year often graduate with higher GPAs than their peers and are more satisfied with their careers. See: thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/27/clagett-gap-year

  • 98% of colleges and universities accept deferrals for planned Gap Years and many schools encourage it, including Harvard, Princeton, and Colorado College.

  • A majority of students who take a Gap Year graduate in four years rather than five or more. If you think a Gap Year is expensive, imagine six years of college tuition.

  • More than 90% of students who do a structured Gap Year enroll in university within one year of their time-off.

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