Report: More Teens Taking Break Between High School, College.

Is the notion of a 12-month “gap year” gaining traction in the United States? The Wall Street Journal says yes.


It recently reported, “There isn’t a measure of the number of students who take gap years, but a recent survey of 300,000 first-time freshmen at four-year colleges and universities found 1.2 percent waited a year to enter college.” Instead of leaping into collegiate-level courses, students are earning money for tuition and volunteering, the Journal reported.


While the paper cited a survey which blamed “burnout from the competitive pressure of high school” as the top reason for taking a year off, the Journal added, “Taking a gap year is also linked to higher motivation in college.” (January 2011)