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Gap Years & Deferred Enrollment
Thinking of taking a Gap Year before enrollment?
Dartmouth fully supports first-year students taking a gap year to travel, work, or pursue other interests. Admitted first-year students who would like to request a gap year can make this request by emailing the Admissions Office by June 1 in the year that they have been admitted. Admitted first-year students who defer their enrollment may not apply to any other colleges or universities during their gap year. Deferrals for two year will be granted for obligatory military service.
The Admissions Office asks first-year students who have deferred enrollment to write to the Admissions Office as soon as possible after January 1 of their gap year to provide an update of experiences, activities, and course work, if applicable. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to review the status of any admitted student, including those on a gap year, and to rescind the offer of admission if a student's record does not remain satisfactory in all respects.
Questions & Answers
What steps do I need to follow to take a gap year?
Confirm your intent to enroll at Dartmouth by the deadline. Next, email Assistant to the Dean of Admissions, Peg Chase by June 1. Your email should outline your reasons for deferring for a year and your plans for your gap year.
You will receive a response via email to let you know if we need any additional information. You will then receive an official response from the Dean of Admissions by email or paper mailing granting your request. Please allow approximately 2 weeks for the processing of gap year requests.
While on your gap year, we require that you write to our office as soon as possible after January 1 to reaffirm your commitment to join the newest Dartmouth class. This email should also describe your experiences and undertakings during your gap year.
What about my Financial Aid?
If you had applied for financial aid during the application process, you will need to re-apply during your gap year. The CSS PROFILE Application is available October 1, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), January 1. Visit the financial aid website, for application instructions and requirements. If your family's financial circumstances are similar to those reported when you originally went through the application process, you can anticipate a similar parent contribution to that offered when you were admitted. Please be advised, though, that if there are any changes in College policy in Financial Aid, it may impact your award and/or eligibility.