Welcome to the Duke Gap Year Program

Photo Credit – Skijler Hutson

The Duke Gap Year Program provides funding for students who wish to take a gap year prior to enrolling at Duke.

Each year, more students consider taking the year after high school graduation off before they head to college.

Our approach to a gap year is simple. There are few opportunities in life to take a meaningful amount of time to pause, reflect, explore, and grow. There are even fewer where you can do so knowing you have a truly exceptional opportunity waiting for you. Students who come to Duke typically have been focused, active, and successful, for many years. This is your opportunity to catch your breath for a year, to gain some perspective, to make a difference in a community near or far, to grow as a person, and to be better prepared for all that college has to offer, all with financial support from Duke.

Let’s start with the most important things to know about the Duke Gap Year program:

  • Students accepted to the Duke Gap Year Program will receive between $5,000 and $15,000 towards the cost of their chosen gap year program. A simple application for participation and funding will be available in early 2019.
  • We encourage students receiving need-based financial aid to apply. Gap year funding will not affect students’ financial aid packages.
  • The Duke Gap Year Program will be available to students admitted both in our Early Decision and Regular Decision processes.
  • Students are responsible for applying to gap year programs. They can consider one of the many programs that will be listed on our website, choose one of their own, or create one independently.
  • Students taking a gap year are not required to participate in this program; they can choose to do so independent of the Duke Gap Year Program and funding.
  • All students taking a gap year, either independently or through the Duke Gap Year Program, are required to enroll at Duke after their gap year.