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2023 Post-Secondary Application Process FAQ
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Excited about college but not quite ready to start? Each year, students across America are choosing to postpone their traditional academic plans and participate in a gap year experience.
What is a Gap Year?
A gap year is a year spent taking time off between life stages. An increasingly popular option, it provides time for traveling, volunteering, learning a new language, or experiencing any number of other activities for personal growth. Typically, students take a gap year after graduating from high school and before attending college.
Why Take a Gap Year?
While there are many compelling reasons to take a gap year, one of the most common is the opportunity for students to explore their interests and develop a purpose for their future. Students can take a break from intense coursework and focus on enriching life experiences.
Whether they spend the year traveling, volunteering, working, or all three, students who have completed a gap year are often revitalized for their return to the academic world the following year. According to David Hawkins, director of public policy and research at the National Association for College Admission Counseling, taking a gap year …could actually help students succeed in college, since participants may be more focused, mature, and motivated for their undergraduate experience.
Many students also find that their gap year allows them to help others. For students choosing to spend the year volunteering abroad, some of the benefits include:
- Enlightening cultural exchange between the student and inhabitants of the host country
- Making a real difference in the lives of the people of developing countries
- The chance to make a positive impact on the environment.
Gap Year Options
There are no rules when it comes to taking a gap year, so the possibilities are truly endless. Luckily, there are organizations that specialize in helping students organize their adventures. For example, some companies assist with everything from finding a host family, to setting up the volunteer project, to taking care of meals and travel insurance.
Areas of focus students may choose from for their gap year activities include:
- Human Rights
The 2023 Gap Year Guide will help you to find the most updated gap year resources. You'll learn about gap year programs, counselors, scholarships, and articles to help you explore your gap year options.
More information can be found here.
Athletic Information For Students Who Wish To Be Student-Athletes In College/University
Students who wish to be student-athletes in college/university must meet the requirements of the NCAA if they are going to play at a Division I or Division II school. It is recommended that all high school athletes hoping to compete in college register during their 9th grade year.
The NCAA Clearinghouse is an organization outside of the NCAA which performs academic record evaluations to determine if a prospective student is eligible to participate at an NCAA Division I or II college/university as a first year student-athlete.
Registration includes completing a:
- Student Release Form (SRF)
- *paying the registration fee ($50)
- Completing the online registration
- A High School NCAA Transcript Release Form must be signed/acknowledged in RSVP Skyward
The NCAA publication: NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete contains complete and detailed instructions of the Clearinghouse registration process. This publication is available at www.ncaa.org/library/general.