Gap Year Information

A Dickinson education may not begin immediately after high school. For some students, unprecedented opportunities or challenging situations prompt them to take a gap year.

If you decide to defer your matriculation to Dickinson for a year, there are a few simple steps you must take:

You will need to verify in writing that you will not enroll in a degree-granting program at another institution or apply to other colleges during your time off. Should you do so, you will forfeit your admission to Dickinson.

Financial Aid
If you have received a financial-aid offer from Dickinson as part of your acceptance, you will need to re-submit the forms next year, but unless your family's financial circumstances change significantly in the meantime, it is unlikely that your financial-aid package will change.

Also note that student's who deposit and have an approved deferral of their enrollment will keep their merit scholarships.

Gap Year Opportunities
We invite you to consider the gap-year option and know that whether you come this fall or the following year, we look forward to welcoming you to the Dickinson community.