Gap Year Request

Students admitted to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities as incoming freshmen may request to take a gap year. Gap year shifts fall term of admission to the following fall term.

Students approved for a gap year will be admitted to their original college of admission unless otherwise determined. The deadline to apply for a gap year is July 1.

Students approved for a gap year may not enroll at another academic institution, including another college, university, or in a program that grants credit through an accredited institution. Students approved for a gap year that choose to enroll at another academic institution during their gap period will lose their freshman admission status and must re-apply for admission as a transfer student to the University of Minnesota. Transfer applicants must meet transfer admission requirements to their college of interest.

If a gap year request is approved, students do not need to apply for admission to enroll the following year. By November 1, students with an approved gap year must submit a final high school transcript with graduation date. Applicants with an approved gap year should review the University's policy on final high school transcripts and senior year grades.

Reasons for requesting a gap year

The Office of Admissions reviews gap year requests on an individual basis for admitted freshmen. Approval of a gap year is intended to give students time to focus on personal growth, development of a skill, travel, work, military commitments, or time to recover from a medical condition while ensuring their enrollment for the next year, and maintaining freshman admission status.

Admitted freshmen may request a gap year for various reasons, including but not limited to the following:

  • Rotary exchange or other 13th year high school level study abroad or exchange program
  • Cultural, religious, or personal growth opportunity
  • Volunteer service or work opportunity
  • Junior hockey
  • National or international sports competitions
  • Military service or National Guard commitment
  • Employment and/or financial reasons
  • Pregnancy, surgery, illness, or other medical health condition
  • Other non-academic pursuits

How do I request a gap year?

  1. Complete our Gap Year Request form by July 1.
  2. By November 1st, submit your final high school transcript with graduation date.
  3. If your gap year request is approved, you will receive a new admit letter for your new enrollment term. You must submit your enrollment confirmation form (and pay the enrollment confirmation fee if you had not previously done so) for your delayed enrollment term.

University Honors Program Admission and Academic Scholarships

  • Students admitted to the University Honors Program for their original term of admission will have their admission to the University Honors Program carried forward to the following fall term of enrollment pending a review of their final high school transcript.
  • When possible, academic scholarships will be deferred for students approved for a gap year. However, please note that some scholarships may require students to be reconsidered for scholarships due to the availability of funds for their new term of enrollment.

Gap Year FAQ

What is the deadline for requesting a gap year?

The deadline to request a gap year is July 1 prior to your original fall term of admission.

Do I need to submit a new application for my new term following my gap year?

No, students with an approved gap year are not required to reapply for admission. By November 1, students with an approved gap year must submit a final high school transcript with graduation date.

What happens after my gap year request is approved?

Applicants with an approved gap year will receive a notice via Application Tracker confirming the approval. Applicants with an approved gap year that have submitted final high school transcripts with graduation date will receive a new admit letter detailing their next steps to enrollment at the University of Minnesota. Once admitted for the new fall term, students approved for a gap year must confirm their enrollment no later than May 1st of their new fall term of enrollment.

I was approved for a gap semester from Fall 2020 to Spring 2021, but as things continue to change, I would like to defer again. Can I do that?

Yes, if you were approved for a gap semester (admitted for fall 2020 but deferred admission to spring 2021) and would like to defer again, you will have the option to defer your admission from spring 2021 to fall 2021 when you access the Gap Year Request form.

Do I need to pay the enrollment confirmation fee again for my new term of enrollment?

No. If you have already paid the confirmation fee (or had the confirmation fee deferred to your first semester tuition and billing), you will not need to pay the fee again for your delayed enrollment term.

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