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How a ‘COVID Gap Year’ Will Be Different Than Previous Gap Year Experiences

The idea of taking a gap year between high school and college has been growing in recent years, but it has always been a niche thing.

About 40,000 students did some kind of gap year last year, according to the Gap Year Association.

  • Jeffrey R. Young
  • EdSurge

But that’s out of more than 2 million first-time college students starting as freshmen in the U.S. each year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a rush of interest in the gap year, since most campuses have not yet decided whether they will be open for traditional classes in the fall, and many college have already decided they’ll at…

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