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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.

My third son just started college, after deciding not to take a Gap Year...At the end of the day, he exemplifies what I hope for all students: full awareness of the Gap Year option and its benefits, and then a thoughtful CHOICE about whether or not to defer the start of college.

Many of our students travel on their own or with Gap Year programs. So educators and families continue to ask about travel restrictions and changes due to the Delta variant of COVID.

Although taking a Gap Year before college is popular in Europe and almost a rite of passage in the U.K., the practice of taking a Gap Year in the U.S. has been slower to develop.

Gap Years have evolved significantly from their earliest days to embrace many different variations and paths such as internships, volunteerism, learning a trade, cultural exchange programs and athletic endeavors. But just where, and how, did the Gap Year begin?

As we continue to raise awareness and dispel many misconceptions about Gap Years, we thought it would be useful to share more …

A big part of the mission of Gap Year Solutions is to raise awareness of Gap Years and help understand the many benefits of taking Gap time. So we thought it would be useful to provide answers to some of the questions we commonly hear during our educational webinars.

We want to make sure that students planning a Gap Year understand how to successfully receive a “yes” for their deferral request!

During this spring season, I am filled with hope, especially as I see the number of COVID vaccinations increase and infections decline significantly from highs earlier this year. I am optimistic about what is ahead in the Gap Year world, and want to share a few of the things I’m thinking about.

Schools with the highest rates of Gap Year deferrals were also those with 100% remote learning in fall 2020. With one exception, every school responding to our survey indicated that their policy for Gap Year deferrals for the Class of 2025 will be the same as last year. Visit our latest post to access the full list and deferral data.

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