Gap Year/Deferred Enrollment


847 College Ave.

Wooster, OH 44691

Phone: 330-263-2322

Fax: 330-263-2621

Deferred enrollment can provide valuable learning experiences outside of the classroom prior to a student entering college. At Wooster, we value the growth students gain from these perspectives and welcome them to explore our deferred enrollment policy. 

Deferred Enrollment Process

Students interested in deferred enrollment, also known as a gap year, should apply to Wooster as a first-year student. When a first-year student applies and is admitted to Wooster, the assumption is that they will enroll in the fall term for which they applied. However, some students find that deferring their enrollment for a semester, or year, is preferred. Deferred enrollment is not guaranteed, but the Wooster Admissions Office will work to accommodate all reasonable requests.

For students who wish to request an enrollment deferral, they must do so no later than June 1. To be eligible for deferred enrollment, students must submit their nonrefundable enrollment deposit to Wooster by May 1 and a written request to Admissions by June 1. The written request must include why the deferral is being requested and how the student plans to utilize their gap year. When reviewing deferred enrollment requests, the Office of Admissions considers how the student is spending their time and how it will benefit the student. Students may only request one enrollment deferral; second requests will not be granted.

For students whose deferred enrollment plans are approved, any merit-based scholarship they receive will be maintained through the gap year. Need-based financial aid, when applicable, is not guaranteed year-to-year and is subject to change if the student’s financial situation changes. All students musty reapply for need-based financial aid each academic year at Wooster.

Verto Education

Wooster is a proud partner of Verto Education, an innovative bridge program that offers the only international first-year experience with transferable class credits so you can still graduate in four years. These accredited, overseas programs help students achieve a rewarding first semester or first year through experiential education in multiple and distinct regions across the world. Program leaders and faculty foster self-discovery through journaling, mentorship, service learning programs and a homestay experience. Students apply to the Verto program and Wooster using a single application, and financial aid is available for both Verto and Wooster.

Questions and Concerns

Please contact Tracy Karr, Gap Year and Transfer Student Coordinator.