Impact of COVID-19 on Gap Years 

Updated July 8, 2020

To stay as informed as possible during COVID-19 disruption, Gap Year Solutions is gathering and disseminating as much information as possible to prospective Gap Year students. We are holding weekly GapChat! Live sessions for students,  families and school counselors, and hosting webinars with our higher education partners (see below).

The HECA link below provides daily updates on the impact of COVID-19 on higher education. The CDC COVID-19 page provides information about travel during the pandemic.

The high level of uncertainty about college and Gap Years this Fall is challenging us all. Feel free to reach out to us  – we would be happy to speak directly about any of your questions and concerns.

Gap Year Perspectives

College gap year inquiries are experiencing a surge (Newsday)

Are Gap Years spectacularly bad advice“? (Twitter thread – read the comments)

Why high school juniors could be big losers in the coronavirus pandemic (Business Insider)

Privilege of the rich? (Inside Higher Ed)

For This Year’s Graduates, A Year of Purpose (

Gap years may become more popular due to coronavirus (Belmont Citizen-Herald)

With decisions coming due, sleepless high school seniors worry college may not be worth it (The Hechinger Report)

It’s Time to Reinvent the Gap Year (

COVID-19’s Impact on Gap Years (Gap Year Solutions blog)

Webinar: College Admissions and Gap Years Amidst COVID-19  (Gap Year Solutions)

Surveys of High School Students

Colleges Could Lose 20% of Students (Inside Higher Ed)

Looking Ahead to Fall 2020: How COVID-19 Continues to Influence the Choice of College-Going Students (Art & Science Group) 

Higher Education Daily Updates

COVID-19 Daily News Updates (HECA)

Here’s a List of Colleges’ Plans for Reopening in the Fall updated regularly (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Higher Education Fall 2020 Scenarios

6 Ways College Might Look Different in the Fall (NPR)

Schools Must Both Re-Open And Continue Online (

Coronavirus campus unrest (CommonWealth Magazine)

15 Fall Scenarios (Inside Higher Ed)

The Future of Higher Education

Higher education in a time of social distancing (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

What the Shift to Virtual Learning Could Mean for the Future of Higher Ed (Harvard Business Review)

Coronavirus: How should US higher education plan for an uncertain future (McKinsey)

Financial Impact on Colleges

Coronavirus Pushes Colleges to the Breaking Point (Wall St. Journal)

Coronavirus sends American universities over a cliff (Axios)

Financial Hits Pile Up For Colleges As Some Fight To Survive (

Travel Advisories

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Travel (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 

General COVID-19 Information

Mapping COVID-19 (Dartmouth Atlas Project) 

COVID-19 Basics (Johns Hopkins)