Some students opt for a gap year between high school and college. Students use this time to volunteer, travel, or work. We advise students considering the gap year option to apply to Emory during their senior year of high school. If accepted, the student would first need to submit his/her enrollment deposit by the established deadline (5/1 for Regular Decision; 3/1 for ED2; 1/15 for ED1). Students have until 6/1 to request a deferral of his/her admission.
In order to defer admission, the accepted student would need approval from our Dean of Admission. Students may not enroll full-time at another college or university during their deferral period. We will accept only two courses taken for college credit during the gap year. We require a detailed explanation of the student's proposed plan for the gap year as well as acknowledgement of gap year guidelines regarding college coursework. The explanation should come in the form of a letter addressed to the Dean of Admission.
In addition to the detailed letter, students must send an additional $1,000 deposit to hold his/her place in the freshmen class. Should the student enroll, this money will be credited to his/her account; if the student decides not to enroll, this money is non-refundable.
Admission deferrals for gap years are granted for one year only. Students whose gap years are approved would enter Emory as freshmen the subsequent fall semester.