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If you’re considering a gap year, you may want to take time to work, volunteer, travel, or have an internship. Taking time before you begin college can reap enormous benefits.

Thinking of a Gap Year?

A “gap year” is a planned break between the end of high school and the start of college. The option of taking a gap year before starting at Middlebury may be appealing to you—especially after the experience of going to school and applying for college during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Perhaps you want to take some time to recalibrate and de-stress, or to get to know yourself better, or to work, or to take care of a family member. Maybe you know you’d benefit from taking a breather before diving into another four years of academics.

Whatever the reason, Middlebury has long supported and encouraged students to take time off before college. Here’s what you need to know if you are considering a gap year. Please note that candidates offered admission from the waitlist are not eligible to defer their enrollment with a gap year.

Enroll and Deposit

If you plan to take a gap year, you still need to accept our offer of admission and submit your nonrefundable deposit by the date on your acceptance letter. That will secure your place at Middlebury.

Communicate with Us

If you would like to take a gap year, please let the Dean of Admissions know your plans in writing no later than June 1

Like most colleges, we ask that during your time off you not enroll in a degree-granting program at another institution and not apply to other colleges.

Refile for Financial Aid

You will need to file new financial aid forms for the following year. Unless your family’s financial circumstances change significantly, it is likely that your financial aid package will be similar to what was originally offered.

Consider Your Options

While there is no right way to take a gap year, we’ve posted some thoughtful options below that you may want to consider. 

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