Dartmouth fully supports students who wish to take a gap year, or a service year, before enrolling. Many of our students have accomplished great things, expanded their experiences, and energized their hunger for learning during a gap or a service year.
Thinking of taking a gap or service year between high school and college? If you've been accepted to Dartmouth, this step-by-step guide (below) explains how to make it happen.
Curious about what you might do during a gap year? You can travel, work, take courses you weren’t able to take in high school, engage in community service, and/or pursue other interests. The options are wide open.
Considering community service? A service year can be beneficial for the students that participate and can provide numerous benefits to the communities they serve. Dartmouth believes that getting more individuals involved in service programs will have a positive effect on the civic health of our society, and is committed to helping students who plan to enroll at the College learn about service year opportunities.