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Gap Years

Deferring Enrollment

Students who are offered admission to the William & Mary freshman class or to the St Andrews William & Mary Joint Degree Programme may request a deferral of their enrollment for one year by notifying the Senior Associate Dean of Admission Tim Wolfe of their intentions in writing. These requests for a gap year will be considered on a case-by-case basis and generally will be approved if they indicate thoughtful intent to spend the gap year in a way that will facilitate personal growth.  In order to be eligible for a gap year, the student must submit an enrollment deposit by May 1st and should notify the Admission Office of the intent to defer enrollment by June 1st.  Requests made after June 1st may still be approved, however, it will depend on the composition of the class and the overall volume of requests.

Those who are approved for a gap year must commit to enrolling the following fall and will have their enrollment deposit moved to reserve a space in that entering class. Students must still submit a final high school transcript at the end of the academic year in which they were first admitted. Furthermore, they must submit a Re-Activate Admission Offer form no later than November 1 of the calendar year in which they were admitted. Students may not enroll as a degree-seeking candidate at any other institution or complete more than 15 hours of college credit during their gap year.  Their admission remains contingent upon continuing to meet high standards of academic performance and personal conduct throughout the gap year.

 Students admitted during Early Decision, students admitted from the waitlist, or students admitted as transfers are ineligible for deferred enrollment.