Gap Year

Deferred enrollment (Gap Year)

Admitted students may apply to defer enrollment for a full academic year - a gap year - to work, travel, or pursue other productive interim opportunities. Applicants should be prepared to defer their admission for a full academic year (fall-matriculation of the following calendar year). Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and not granted automatically.

Students who wish to defer enrollment should:

  1. Pay the standard enrollment deposit of $500 by the deadline provided in the offer of admission.
  2. Submit a Gap Year Application
  3. Upon receipt of approval, send an additional deposit of $1,000 ($1,500 total, standard and additional).
  • Cost of attendance for students deferring enrollment will be set at the rate used during the academic year in which they matriculate.
  • Scholarships awarded to students deferring enrollment are retained for one year.
  • Students are not permitted to pursue college coursework for credit during the deferral period.

Programs and Organizations

Below are a few programs our students have worked with in the past. Feel free to use this list as a starting place or branch out and find your own opportunities.

Back on the Mountain: What Happens When You Return?

Sewanee is committed to supporting each of our gap year students from the moment they receive their letter of admittance, to the moment they receive their diploma. For us, this means connecting each student with faculty and staff who will offer guidance and support during their year abroad, and also help facilitate a smooth transition when the student returns to the Mountain. Immediately upon their arrival on campus, gap year students will be offered the opportunity to participate in Sewanee’s “Finding Your Place” residential program, during which some of Sewanee’s most experienced and renowned faculty members provide entering students with a profound and intimate knowledge of Sewanee by closely engaging with its biology and geology, its community and history, through field trips, service, readings, writing, and small-group discussions. 

Contact: Lisa Burns, associate dean of admission


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