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Gap Year Conditions

After receiving their funding award (if applicable), students accepted to the DGYP will be asked to confirm their deferral and to agree to the terms and conditions applicable to all students taking a gap year. Remember: students who take a gap year are expected to enroll at Duke at the conclusion of the gap year.

  • You will not apply for admission as a degree-seeking student to any other college or university during your gap year.
  • You will not enroll as a full-time student or degree-seeking student at another college or university during your gap year. If you choose to take any courses, course credit at Duke is subject to the policies governing pre-matriculation credits (PMC). 
    • Trinity College treats PMC credits as equivalent to Advanced Placement (AP) and International Placement (IP) credits. Typically, up to two total AP/IP/PMC credits count toward the 34 courses Trinity students must take to graduate from Duke.
    • You can learn more about PMC credits for Pratt students on the Pratt website. 
  • You will not hold a place, conditional or otherwise, at any other college or university during the remainder of this academic year or during the coming academic year.
  • You will not enroll in a post-graduate program at a secondary school.
  • You will abide by both the Conditions of Application and the conditions mentioned in your letter of admission. We expect you to maintain high standards of academic performance and personal behavior in and out of school, which includes abiding by our Community Standard. If there is any change in the information in your application—including any academic, personal, disciplinary, or legal matters—you must contact the admissions office within 48 hours.

As a member of the Duke Gap Year Program, you must also agree to:

  • Follow blog and social media expectations, including submitting at least six blog posts during your gap year.
  • Submit a mid-year and end-of-year report reflecting on your experiences.
  • Complete pre-departure and on-campus surveys for the Gap Year Research Consortium at Colorado College.
  • Engage with the Duke gap year community once you arrive on campus.
  • Adhere to other DGYP policies, including but not limited to updating us on changes of plans during your gap year.