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How do you begin to reapply to college after your gap year?

Topic: Admissions | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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The fact that you say "reapply" suggests that you may have already applied to colleges and gotten accepted. If that's the case, then you may not need to reapply at all. One of my friends was accepted to Kent State University, but wasn't actually able to begin classes for a year due to financial problems. She thought she would have to reapply, but found that once accepted you have a two-year window to start classes. Cool, huh?

Answered by: Null Terminator N. | about 4 years ago
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After your gap year, you'll want to visit your high school and speak to a counselor. They will be able to give good advice on reapplying for college in your area. Another way to go about it is to get information from each college on how they receive applications.

Answered by: Jimm34 Z. | about 4 years ago
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Talk to the people at your college. Chances are they will be happy to have you back. You will have to get in a dorm and sign up for classes. It all begins by asking an administrator. Good Luck.

Answered by: Average Joe V. | almost 4 years ago
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First, if you___re planning to take another shot at schools that already said, ___No,___ then you___ve got an uphill battle ahead. It___s uncommon to be admitted after a gap year to a college that turned you down. Your odds would be much better if you went elsewhere first and then reapplied as a transfer. But if you plan to reapply to colleges that already admitted you, then your chances of getting in are good. In any case, schools to which you applied as a senior should still have much of your old information on file, so your first step is to contact them and ask them what they___ll need. But, as you do, keep in mind that a gap year can be an eye-opening, life-changing experience, so you may find that the colleges you applied to this past year don___t ___fit___ you quite as well as you thought they did by the time your year-off is over.

Answered by: 123hit. B. | about 4 years ago
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You just follow the steps to apply! It's not that hard and it's the same as if you are applying for your first time. You will use the first year student application and fill it out. Send in your transcript, test scores, recommendations and other required information. Also fill out the FAFSA for your financial aid package. Do everything by the deadline and you should be set.

Answered by: Vanillanights R. | almost 4 years ago
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First, you will need to fill out a new application and update your information in the admissions office. You will need to let your advisor know if you plan on changing your major. If not, then you can pretty much just pick up where you left off. Make sure you fill out all the forms you will need for your financial aid, if you plan on applying for any. Sometimes a program will change in what classes it requires or recommends so you will want to be sure that you are taking the right ones. It's much easier to come back than to apply for the first time.

Answered by: Jen B. | almost 4 years ago
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Were you in a college and then took a year off? Each college has their own specifications. You should look at the schools website first and see if they have any info. If not, then speak to the admissions office. You could also try to talk to your advisor. You might have to go over the original process that you initially went through to get in if too much time has passed.

Answered by: Rancor205 N. | almost 4 years ago
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You should apply online as soon as possible, in order to gain admission into your college of choice. I would also get your financial aid forms as soon as possible in order to get the maximum financial aid and scholarships so you can avoid getting student loans. I would also apply to a couple of schools so you can compare aid packages and get the best value for your time and money. Also if you have completed college, getting up to date transcripts is important in order to get the accurate grades and GPA to the college that you are interested in.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | almost 4 years ago
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It's exactly the same as when you apply in high school. Narrow down a list of schools that you want to apply to and check the deadlines for the applications. Most applications you can now submit online but if you have to send anything in the mail make sure to make copies. You will need to request several copies of your transcript and once you've chosen the schools you are going to apply to; you will have to have your SAT scores sent to them. I would also strongly recommend in your personal statement you discuss what you did during your gap year.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | almost 4 years ago
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Each school has their own process for readmission that they list in their admissions department. Generally, you fill out a form for readmissions.

Answered by: Biostudent V. | about 4 years ago
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In order to reapply for a college after you have taken a year off, you should see an admissions counselor for what to do as different schools have different criteria which need to be met. You may need to actually reapply, as in taking the entire application over again. However, most school simply state you must give a reason for why you took a year off and speak to counselor.

Answered by: Mayell U. | about 4 years ago
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If you've already made arrangements with a college, you should follow their instructions - it may be simpler than you think! If you're applying for the first time, go about the application process as normal. Be prepared, though, to talk about your gap year in your application.

Answered by: Laura46 I. | about 4 years ago
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If it's a college that has previously turned you down, it won't be easy. It___s uncommon to be admitted after a gap year to a college that turned you down. Your odds would be much better if you went elsewhere first and then reapplied as a transfer. If you are planning to reapply to colleges that already admitted you, then you have a good chance of getting back in. You should be able to just fill out a new application and check the box for reapplying or returning student. If the application doesn't have that information, then just contact the college and they should be able to help you.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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Simply choose colleges you want to attend and apply them. Make sure you list all the things you learned during your gap year and how it enhanced you. There isn't anything special to it.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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You simply go onto the college website and fill out their application. A gap year does not affect your chances of admission. On the application, it will ask you if you have a gap in your education and to explain why.

Answered by: Choco Mint Y. | about 4 years ago
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The application process for students who have taken time off before entering college is exactly the same as a recent high school graduate. Visit the websites of the colleges you want to attend and review all information in the site's Admissions portal. This should lead you to information about admissions standards, application process, and the application itself.

Answered by: Exadvisor33 A. | about 4 years ago
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If you plan on reapplying to the same college, you should talk to the admissions people first. Let them know you have been a student there already. They will help you with the reapplying. If it's a new college, start from square one.

Answered by: Tbowser Y. | about 4 years ago
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The first thing you'll want to do is gather up all the relevant information about your previous work and education that you can - you'll need transcripts and a resume. Make sure you contact your previous guidance counselor and see if you have any letters of recommendation (if you planned to have any). Having your updated test scores (ACT/SAT) on hand will be useful as well.

Answered by: Mixtape C. | about 4 years ago
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You apply in the same as if you were a freshman. All you have to do is go to the college website and fill out their application. It's basically the same such as writing an essay, sending in recommendation, your test scores and transcript. On the application, it'll ask you about your gap year. You'll just have to explain why you have one.

Answered by: Sea Whale H. | about 4 years ago
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Fill out the college application and turn it in on time. A gap year will not affect your admission results. Just explain that you had a gap year, why you chose it and what you learned in your application.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | about 4 years ago
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You must be ready for the updates on what you did in your gap year. This would be the information needed when you apply to the colleges that turned you down or where you were admitted. In case of new colleges, be in touch with the school counselor and get the required material to prepare the documents in advance.

Answered by: Sandra P. | about 4 years ago
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You just start applying in the fall, the year before you want to go into school. I don't really think that there is much difference from applying normally. I would ask the school's admission counselor to be sure.

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | about 4 years ago
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I would reapply right away before the semester deadline. This way you can get your application in and they can process it quicker. I would also follow up with other schools and find out the status online or over the phone.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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To begin this you need to go online and look at the colleges you are going to apply to. It will tell you how to go about applying no matter what situation you are in. It is very easy to apply after that.

Answered by: Nog W. | about 4 years ago
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Talk to a counselor at the college. You'll most likely need to apply as a returning student. Depending on how long it's been you might need to apply as a re-entry student. A counselor will be able to help you fill out the correct forms and tell you what exactly you need to complete the process.

Answered by: Dream Scaper X. | about 4 years ago
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Fill out the college application and turn it in on time. A gap year will not affect your admission results. Just explain that you had a gap year, why you chose it and what you learned in your application.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | about 4 years ago
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You must be ready for the updates on what you did in your gap year. This would be the information needed when you apply to the colleges that turned you down or where you were admitted. In case of new colleges, be in touch with the school counselor and get the required material to prepare the documents in advance.

Answered by: Sandra P. | about 4 years ago
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You just start applying in the fall, the year before you want to go into school. I don't really think that there is much difference from applying normally. I would ask the school's admission counselor to be sure.

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | about 4 years ago
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After your gap year, you'll want to visit your high school and speak to a counselor. They will be able to give good advice on reapplying for college in your area. Another way to go about it is to get information from each college on how they receive applications.

Answered by: Jimm34 Z. | about 4 years ago
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I would reapply right away before the semester deadline. This way you can get your application in and they can process it quicker. I would also follow up with other schools and find out the status online or over the phone.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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To begin this you need to go online and look at the colleges you are going to apply to. It will tell you how to go about applying no matter what situation you are in. It is very easy to apply after that.

Answered by: Nog W. | about 4 years ago
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First, if you___re planning to take another shot at schools that already said, ___No,___ then you___ve got an uphill battle ahead. It___s uncommon to be admitted after a gap year to a college that turned you down. Your odds would be much better if you went elsewhere first and then reapplied as a transfer. But if you plan to reapply to colleges that already admitted you, then your chances of getting in are good. In any case, schools to which you applied as a senior should still have much of your old information on file, so your first step is to contact them and ask them what they___ll need. But, as you do, keep in mind that a gap year can be an eye-opening, life-changing experience, so you may find that the colleges you applied to this past year don___t ___fit___ you quite as well as you thought they did by the time your year-off is over.

Answered by: 123hit. B. | about 4 years ago
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Talk to a counselor at the college. You'll most likely need to apply as a returning student. Depending on how long it's been you might need to apply as a re-entry student. A counselor will be able to help you fill out the correct forms and tell you what exactly you need to complete the process.

Answered by: Dream Scaper X. | about 4 years ago
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Before taking gap of one year, better to contact Dean of academics. He may assist you, while you think to reapply to college. . Its uncommon to be admitted after a gap year to a college that turned you down. Your odds would be much better if you went elsewhere first and then reapplied as a transfer

Answered by: Hemjjd H. | about 4 years ago
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After a gap year, your first contact to reapply for college should be your high school. It's important to inform them so they can prepare documents and records to send to your colleges of choice. They can also give you information on the process of how to apply and what needs to be done. After that, the process should be similar to if you were applying straight from graduating high school.

Answered by: Chaniel K. | about 4 years ago
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If you took off a year between high school and college, applying to colleges is the same procedure as it would be if you went in straight after high school. Make sure you have taken the ACT, figure out the colleges you are interested in, follow their application procedures and wait for your acceptance letters. If it is a gap year while you are in college, go to the deans office or register's office of your college and let them know you are reapplying. Likely you will not have to go through the full application process again.

Answered by: Morgo Q. | about 4 years ago
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One of the best thing to do when you are looking to apply is to apply early. When you are applying early, then you are getting in before all of the new admission students who will be applying and competing of a spot as well. You should also file all your financial aid early so you can get the most money available for your school year. If you wait for the last minute you will risk not getting in for a semester as well as limited financial aid.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | almost 4 years ago
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The application process is the same. All you have to do is fill out the school's application, send in transcripts, tests scores and recommendations. On the application, it will ask if you have a gap year. You'll just to explain why you do. I am not sure if it's highly weighted that you have a gap year or not but it should be fine.

Answered by: Sea Whale H. | almost 4 years ago
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Simply find colleges you want to apply to and apply to them. Make sure you mention your gap year and how you benefited from it. Colleges love applicants with experience.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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