More High Schoolers Not Going Straight To College. Will You?
AP bio tests, 10-page history papers, after-school activities, a part-time job...it's no wonder so many high school students feel burned out. Needing a break from the stress and pressure, many students are now choosing to take a year off before starting college.
Called "a gap year," this break is common in England (both Prince William and Kate Middleton waited a year before starting college). American students are now following the trend, and spending their time off working full time or volunteering in foreign countries.
Programs are popping up across the country, like USA Gap Year Fairs, to help students focus on their "personal growth." A survey of 300,000 first-time freshmen at four-year colleges and universities found 1.2 percent of the students took one year off, reports the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.
In response to the new trend, some colleges – such as Princeton University, MIT, and Amherst College – are creating policies to allow students to defer their admission.%Poll-58932%