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Nearly half of high school seniors say they're considering a gap year because of the pandemic

Dave_BerryDave_Berry CC Admissions Expert 511 replies3097 threads CC Admissions Expert
"Almost half (43%) of high school seniors who haven't yet committed to a college are considering a gap year, a recent LendEDU survey found.

Students are willing to wait for a full college experience: They don't want to pay for Zoom classes or experience deserted campus life.

But gap years could shrink the incoming class and thus the tuition going to schools, and it might be difficult for students to have a productive gap year at home.

Even after graduation, many high school seniors are still uncertain about their college plans.

A recent LendEDU survey polled 1,000 Americans ages 17 to 25. Exactly half of these respondents were high school seniors; of that group, 59% said they've made a final decision that they would attend college in fall 2020 and submitted a deposit to the school of their choice. Among those high school seniors who haven't yet committed to a college, 43% said they're considering taking a gap year instead of enrolling for a fall 2020 start, the survey found." ...

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  • Groundwork2022Groundwork2022 3526 replies81 threads Senior Member
    I agree. The article was dated June 10. If a student hasn't committed to a college by now, chances are they weren't going to commit to a four-year school (at least for the fall). Although maybe some are on the fence about CC or trade school?

    Our local CC held fall registration the first week of June, so students who aren't registered will have a reduced selection.

    Perhaps the survey was poorly worded and students who HAVE committed to a four-year college are still uncertain whether they will follow through and attend if classes are online or whatnot?
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  • Happytimes2001Happytimes2001 2248 replies18 threads Senior Member
    Agree the title is misleading. Will be interesting to see how many can actually take a Gap year. At some point, I believe, colleges will put the brakes on the actual numbers. Not to even mention what that means for the 2021 students.
    Seems like the point of a Gap year is to travel, work or do something in the community. Many of those options are currently closed. While I can sympathize with students, they might feel a bit dumb if it turns out that school continues on with a few bumps and they missed an entire year.
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  • doschicosdoschicos 26849 replies270 threads Senior Member
    Clickbait title to this thread.
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