Students looking through binoculars while doing an internship on the ocean.

Middlebury supports the concept of taking time off between high school and college. This is an opportunity to step back from your usual academic routine and spend time discovering what you truly care about and what you want to pursue further.

Interested students can take a gap year to pursue other interests before enrolling in college. During that year, you might travel, work, intern, serve your community or engage in activities that lead to personal growth.

If you would like to defer your matriculation at Middlebury, all you need to do is:

  • Send in your deposit.
  • Request the deferral by June 1, 2020 with information about what your plans are for the year to the Dean of Admissions. You will be notified in writing of our decision.
  • You will be asked to verify in writing that you will neither apply to nor enroll in another degree granting program at other colleges during your time off. (This is a binding agreement, which, if broken, will result in forfeiting your admission to Middlebury.)
  • Next year, resubmit the financial aid forms (if applicable). If your circumstances have not changed, the aid package will be similar to the one currently offered.

Whether you come next fall or the following year, we are delighted at the prospect of having you join us on campus, and we look forward to welcoming you to Middlebury.

Read more about taking a gap year and explore some of the many possibilities for a gap year experience.