Gap Year Resources

NEW: Colleges Still Accepting First Year or Transfer Applications for Fall 2021

College Openings Update: Options for Qualified Students (NACAC)

Featured Resources

Click here to see if you are a good Gap Year candidate.

Click here for Gap Years during a global pandemic article by Katherine.

Click here for more information specific to COVID-19 and Gap Years.

Click here for Belmont Media Center interview of Katherine about gap years.

View short presentation by Katherine about Gap Years and their many benefits.

See three students talk about their Gap Year experiences: Belmont High School Panel Discussion, January 11, 2018

These articles spotlight the challenges many of our teens face today, particularly related to college readiness:

Teen Anxiety Changing Gap Years (Belmont Citizen-Herald)

Ready or not? What to do when your teen isn’t prepared for college (MSNBC)

Time out or burn out for the next generation (Harvard University)

When a College Student Comes Home to Stay (NY Times)

On Leave: College Wellness, Mental Health And Not Returning To Campus (NPR – on demand audio from 11/27/2018 – specific segment on gap years starts at 33:00)

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety (NY Times)

Anxiety, Depression and the Modern Adolescent (TIME Magazine)

The following articles provide excellent perspectives on the benefits of, and growing popularity of, Gap Years:

Motivations and Healthy Decisions in Choosing College with Michael B. Horn (College Admissions Podcast with Mark and Anna – whole podcast is excellent. Gap Years covered 28:30 – 35:30)

Kids Don’t Need to Stay “On Track” to Succeed (The Atlantic)

Colleges Warm to Gap Years (Belmont Citizen-Herald)

Five Myths of Gap Years (Belmont Citizen-Herald)

Teens, Anxiety and Gap Years (Belmont Citizen-Herald)

The Best Freshman Year is a Gap Year (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Making a Gap Year More Than an Overseas Vacation (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

The Need For Discovery Gap Years, Microinternships As Students Choose College (

Top 5 reasons guidance counselors recommend gap years (EF Blog Post)

Rethink the Gap (Harvard Ed Magazine)

Is taking a gap year before college a good idea? (Boston Globe)

The Growing Allure of The Gap Year (NPR)

How Taking a Gap Year Can Shape Your Life (NY Times)

For first person accounts of “why college” and Gap Year experience:

My global career begins with Denison (Denison University Admissions Blog)

How My Experience in Myanmar Expanded My Life (HerCampus at Colby)

One Year Ago…in which Greta reflects on her Gap Year (Carleton College Admissions Blog)

This 18-year-old worked 3 jobs to fulfill her dream of traveling to Machu Picchu solo (INSIDER)

A Student’s View / College conundrum: Sorry, parents, research shows there’s wisdom in gap years (Duluth News Tribune)

Independence Days:  My Perfect Imperfect Gap Year (NY Times)

This article does a great job explaining the value of internships, even if they are unpaid:

Three Cheers for Internships (Wall Street Journal)

Archived COVID-19 articles

Admitted Students Weigh Pros and Cons of Taking Gap Years Amid Fall Semester Uncertainties (Harvard Crimson)

Is it a good idea to take a gap year during the coronavirus? (Edmit)

Going to College Next Fall? Consider a Gap Year (