Gap Year Information and Resources

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Gap Year ResourcesEveryone’s Talking About Gap Years


Gap years have been growing in popularity in the US for some time now, but with the announcement that First Daughter Malia Obama will take a year off before attending Harvard with the Class of 2021, there’s a revived interest in gap years and their benefits.

There are many reasons why students choose to take gap years. For those who have already gone through the admissions process and been accepted to colleges, taking a year off before enrolling is often encouraged. Some colleges even offer university-sponsored gap year programs for students, like Princeton’s Bridge Year program and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Global Gap Year Fellowship. These programs are often a great way for students to travel, volunteer, and gain some global experiences before heading into the classroom.

For others, a gap year can be a chance to recharge, gain work experience, or reevaluate their college options after an unsuccessful admissions experience.

What are the benefits? Some studies have shown that students who take a gap year come to campus more prepared for the rigors of college and often perform just as well or better in the classroom than their peers who didn’t take a year off. Gap year students are often come to college more mature, prepared, and focused.

No matter what your reason for considering a gap year, make sure you know all of your options and which path is the best-fit for your needs and goals.

Here are some gap year resources to help you better assess whether or not a gap year is a good option for you!

The Truth About Gap Years

Should I Take a Gap Year Before College?

School-Sponsored Gap Year Programs

What To Do If You Don’t Get Accepted at College

Oh, the Places You’ll Go: The Benefits of Taking a Gap Year Off Before College

American Gap Association

NACAC – Gap Year Information

Additional Resources

Brown – Additional Gap Year Resources

Middlebury – Gap Year Resources and Descriptions

University of Michigan – Gap Year Resources

Yale – Gap Year Resources and Programs

At IvyWise, offer specialty counseling services for students interested in learning more about their gap year options. Contact us today for more information!

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