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Accepted via Early Decision but want to reapply after one gap year

UK2USAUK2USA Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
Hi - this has been the title of a previous thread; but 10 years ago! I have been accepted via ED for Aug 2019 entry. However I want to take a gap year and start college in Aug 2020. Can I use the gap year to back out of my ED acceptance and reapply to colleges in fall 2019? Thanks in advance the advice

Replies to: Accepted via Early Decision but want to reapply after one gap year

  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 22,517 Super Moderator
    No, you cannot.
  • SJ2727SJ2727 Registered User Posts: 1,375 Senior Member
    No, but you can usually still defer to take the gap year before you start at your ED college in fall 2020.
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 6,827 Senior Member
    Are the above responses correct ?

    If I understand OP's post, OP wants to forego attending college in 2019 AND turn down his ED acceptance. Take a year off & reapply to different schools.
  • milgymfammilgymfam Registered User Posts: 434 Member
    I’m not understanding if the OP just wants the gap year- and should attempt a deferral with their ED school, or if they’re trying to use a gap year to get out of the ED agreement? OP?
  • sgopal2sgopal2 Registered User Posts: 3,298 Senior Member
    The colleges use a clearinghouse to track students. If you're trying to use a gap year as a backdoor to get out of your ED agreement, then you'll probably get caught.

    https://studentclearinghouse.org/colleges/studenttracker/
  • AlmostThere2018AlmostThere2018 Registered User Posts: 1,113 Senior Member
    I think @Publisher is right. As long as OP is not attending any college in 2019-20 and has cancelled rather than deferred current ED acceptance, then he/she should be able to apply to any college the next cycle.

    OP -- you should check w/ their GC to confirm and my advice is to not apply ED for the next time around.
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 22,517 Super Moderator
    edited April 15
    No, not true.

    If OP does not want to attend ED school just withdraw. If OP is taking a gap year s/he can and should do one of the following:
    Defer admissions to the ED school for a year
    Withdraw from the ED school and apply wherever you want during your gap year

    No counselor worth their salt is going to be complicit in sending info and jeopardizing their current class because OP wants to game the system. Sounds like OP wants to hold on to ED school and shop for a ‘better offer” using the ED school as a fall back.

    If s/he cant get into a “better” school then OP is most likely willing to attend ED school fall 2020.

  • UK2USAUK2USA Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Many thanks for all the responses. They seem to reflect the 50:50 split of opinions I get from others I ask!
  • jzducoljzducol Registered User Posts: 669 Member
    I think ED means that the OP has already accepted the spot when he was admitted in last Dec. Requesting a gap year is OK, but backing out of an ED offer either by declining it now or doing a gap year is risky. The schools may find out that OP has broken the ED contract thru clearing house and he can end up with nothing.
  • Mwfan1921Mwfan1921 Registered User Posts: 1,249 Senior Member
    edited April 15
    Agree with post #10. OP should speak with her GC about the situation as well.

    The reality is that schools don't want a student who isn't committed to attending, nor do they ultimately want that student transferring out after a semester or two (which would be acceptable). I have not heard of any school pursuing enforcement of an ED contract, say by making the student attend, or threatening repercussions (beyond losing a deposit) for not attending regardless of reason. While an ED contract is to be taken seriously, life happens-- finances and situations change. Of course, I support rescinding of acceptances for students who blatantly break rules, e.g., applying to multiple schools ED or ED+REA/SCEA, etc. Some may consider the breaking of an ED contract as blatant in certain cases, but in the end who would benefit from making that student attend, or administering some sanction beyond loss of a deposit? Seems like a lose-lose situation.

    Lastly, I certainly hope colleges aren't sharing names of ED students anymore, after the DOJ opened their investigation into this practice last year. I expect each implicated college's legal team quickly shut that practice down. https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2018/04/09/justice-department-starts-investigation-early-decision-admissions
  • lbflbf Registered User Posts: 353 Member
    @UK2USA I agree you weren't very clear on what your plans are. Do you plan on deferring your ED and reapplying or backing out of your ED all together? You should consider who will write your rec letters and send your transcripts? Most schools won't do this for you if you are committed to any school. If you are going to defer your ED and then start looking that is wrong and most HS counselors won't support this. It makes the school look bad and can affect future admissions. If you are going to back out of your ED that also doesn't make the school look great but it is the right thing to do if you do not plan on matriculating. If you think you are going to get into schools that said no to you this year what will be different? Why are you really doing this?
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 6,827 Senior Member
    OP wrote: "Can I use my gap year to back out of my ED acceptance and reapply to colleges [for the next year] ?"

    Of course one can do this so long as the ED acceptance is declined before applying elsewhere.
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