Preparing for College

Taking Time Off When Not Admitted to Top-Choice Colleges

Question: My son was wait-listed at MIT and accepted at another engineering school that he's not excited about attending now that he's revisited it. He is still hoping that MIT will admit him, but failing that, he is going to take 6-12 months to work and apply more broadly. He is a National Merit Finalist, with nearly perfect SATs, good but not incredible grades, all honors and AP courses, great activities and awards. He does not need financial aid. Is he taking a big risk taking time off and applying to additional schools? I'm sure he won't lose interest in going to school.

If your son takes time off and applies to colleges that weren't originally on his list, he should certainly have options available to him, given his strong record. However, he should make good use of his gap year.

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