The most asked question I get during my weekly Instagram Live is how the perceived increase of students taking a gap year will impact the rising high school seniors and their chances of admission in the coming year.
I use the word "perceived" because we don't know what we're dealing with. Most colleges have not been transparent about how many students were granted a gap year this year due to the pandemic and how this compares to previous years. In an era when students must share everything with colleges in their applications, including things they are not as thrilled about, it is time for colleges to be expected to do the same.
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Third, if we know that a college granted a significant number of gap year requests, this could influence a student's college list or where they decide to apply "early." This is where we can make a difference.