As an International Student, should I apply to colleges in America before or after doing my Gap Year?
- dripLv 710 months ago
You apply about a year before you want to attend. US students will be applying late this year to start college next fall.
Most US universities will start the school year late August.
If you want to start to attend in fall of 2021 you will need to apply late fall of 2020. Check deadline dates to apply for each university you want to apply to. They can vary, the majority will have a deadline date of 12/31/20 or 1/1/21. International student are encouraged to apply before the deadline date. Application should open up 9/1/2020
- 10 months ago
Taking time off from studies between high school and college (a “gap year”) is becoming increasingly common. Nearly 20 years ago, education professionals at Harvard University (including long-time Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons) wrote a comprehensive argument for why a gap year is beneficial. Many colleges have followed Harvard’s lead—as they often do in admissions—and routinely encourage students to take time off. In 2019, the arguments for taking a gap year are even stronger.
The majority of applicants to American and Canadian colleges apply when they are still in high school. Traditionally, students who take time off before college first gain admission and then defer matriculation for a year so that they can take a gap year. However, nearly all colleges allow students to apply after senior year during a gap year rather than the final year of high school makes more sense for international students.
- 10 months ago
Before! Many schools will adapt to your decision of taking a gap year and accommodate for it. That way, you can spend your gap year productively and know exactly what’s coming afterwards.