COVID-19 and Gap Years

Impact of COVID-19 on Gap Years 

Updated January 26, 2021

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. 

  • 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.

Much of the early COVID information has been moved to the Archive section, including some articles looking at the future of higher ed with the mass arrival of remote learning plus social distancing and renewed questioning of the value of a college degree.

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.


Remote learning inspires college student to take gap year (Chicago Tribune)

COVID-19 leads to approx. 300% increase in gap years for incoming Penn students (The Daily Pennsylvanian)

Students navigate gap year amid a global pandemic (The Johns-Hopkins News-Letter)

At Harvard, other elite colleges, more students deferring their first year (Boston Globe)

Should you take a Gap Year? Here’s what the experts say (

College gap year inquiries are experiencing a surge (Newsday)

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

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

Higher Education Daily Updates

COVID-19 Daily News Updates (HECA)

The Future of Higher Education

Michael Horn (author of Choosing College and many articles on this topic)

Scott Galloway (see other posts on higher ed and Twitter feed)

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)


COVID-19 Archive


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

Privilege of the rich? (Inside Higher Ed)

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 (

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

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

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

The Future of Higher Education

The future of the academic workforce (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)

Many are reacting, but who is visioning for the future? (Inside Higher Ed)

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

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 (

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)

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)