Gap Year

Ways to Make the Gap Year Worthwhile

What are the main reasons that you might decide to take time off prior to entering college, and how can it help you? First of all, the burnout factor can lead to a gap year

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 30, 2013

When Your Child Asks for a Gap Year or to Defer Admission

If your child is hesitating to pack up and head off to college right away, it's not unusual. For a variety of reasons, many students take a break for a year (sometimes called a "gap year") before enrolling because they aren't ready to go straight from high school to college.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 30, 2013

The Gap Year Option: Should You Take a Time Out?

Now that you've been admitted to one or more colleges and made your decision about where to go, it's time to start planning for your fall semester. Or is it?

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 30, 2013

Should You Take a Gap Year Before College and Explore Alternatives?

Not every student graduating from high school wants to go to college; some will decide never to go, while others will opt for a year or two of "something else" prior to enrolling in higher education. The time period between high school graduation and arrival at college can be the result of several factors

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 30, 2013

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By Peterson's Staff updated on January 27, 2013
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