Gap Year Request


Each year, Bates receives several requests from admitted students to defer matriculation for a specified period of time. The reasons for these requests vary greatly, but typically contribute to the students’ development, and are generally approved.

Applicants requesting deferred admission should do so in writing to, at the same time that they accept Bates’ offer of admission, and no later than May 1. Requests made after that date will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but may not be as easily approved. Requests should be as detailed as possible with regard to the nature, timing and importance of the intervening experiences.