Question: I want to take a gap year and apply to college during my gap year. Will I be at a disadvantage? I'm looking at top schools! I'm in my last year of A levels right now which is equivalent to 12th grade in high school. I emailed Princeton and they say it's alright with them but I just need some reassurance!

I used to tell students aiming for a gap year that it would be wise to finalize their college plans while still in high school. But, over the eons, I've changed my tune. For some students who know where they want to be or who are going to be far from civilization during the gap year, it can make sense to apply to colleges while still in high school and to then request a deferral once admitted.

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