Taking Time Off/Gap Year

As you prepare for the transition from high school to college, you may find yourself thinking about taking some time off before beginning your freshman year. If so, you’re not alone: each year many incoming freshmen consider the possibility of a “gap year.” Students who take gap years often report that the experience was highly valuable to them in many ways. Time spent working, traveling, or studying independently, whether in the U.S. or abroad, may not only prepare you well for managing life at Yale, but may also provide you with the chance to pursue a personal interest without any concern for grades, the judgment of others, or the effect your undertaking may have on admission to college.

Each year, Yale grants requests from admitted students to postpone matriculation, typically for one year.