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Helping students increase college success by planning transformative Gap Years based on life skills and real world learning

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Gap Year Planning

The Gap Year Plan helps students map out their Gap time and helps structure activities and experiences to meet their interests, goals and budget.


Gap Year Internships

Matching students with an internship experience that fulfills key objectives of their Gap Year plan, focusing on desired industries, job functions and skills.

Access a library of articles, presentations and other Gap Year information, including COVID-19 perspectives.

Access a library of articles, presentations and other Gap Year information, including COVID-19 perspectives.

Gap Year Solutions has been featured in many national and local news articles.

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From Our Blog

Finding the silver lining

It’s that time of year. It’s time to find the silver lining of college rejection. High school seniors by now have heard from all the schools to which they applied. Some are elated. Others are heartbroken that they did not get into their preferred college.

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History of the Gap Year, Part 3

Is the most recent change in focus for Gap Year students a sign of things to come in higher ed? Perhaps. One thing we can say with confidence is that the steep and ongoing decline in acceptance rates at selective colleges is almost certainly going to increase the number of students taking a Gap Year.

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Katherine Stievater

Gap Year Solutions helps students increase college success through transformational gap experiences. Founder Katherine Stievater works with students across the U.S. to structure work, service, travel and other activities into a customized plan. Her approach focuses on student ownership, and building life skills such as problem solving, independent living, and resilience. Katherine’s process with her students creates trust and powerful mentoring relationships. She encourages students to embrace this unique opportunity to step off the traditional path, be authentic, and continue to discover themselves!

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