Postponing Enrollment

 

Gap years provide motivated students an opportunity to postpone their enrollment for one year to pursue a non-academic pursuit for personal enrichment. The decision to take a year's break in one's academic journey is significant and should be made only after much thought and deliberation about how the year will help the student grow and develop from this experience.

Freshman Enrollment

Students admitted through Fall Freshman admission are permitted to postpone their enrollment for one year. An exception will be made for students who must complete two years of mandatory national military service; in these cases, a two-year postponement will be permitted. Students admitted through January Freshman admission are permitted to postpone enrollment for one semester. Requests are approved only to pursue non-academic experiences, therefore, no academic coursework (including summer courses) may be taken during the postponement period. A student may only postpone enrollment once.

Due to mid-year housing limitations on campus, Fall Freshman admits are generally not permitted to postpone their enrollment to a spring term. Requests may be considered for the spring 2021 semester, if space is available. Space availability will be determined in November and requests will be considered at that time.

To postpone your enrollment, you must first enroll at Boston College and submit the $500 non-refundable enrollment fee by the deadline stated in your admission letter. You must then complete the Postpone Your Enrollment form to make a formal request to postpone your enrollment by June 1 for Fall Freshmen and December 15 for January Freshmen. (Since the deadline for postponing fall enrollment has passed, no additional requests are being considered at this time.) Specific plans for how the student will spend their gap year must be outlined as part of the request. Requests are considered by the admission committee on a case by case basis and approval is not guaranteed.

If your postponement request is approved, it will be your responsibility to keep your contact information up to date during the postponement period. In the month of January preceding your new enrollment term, we will ask you to reconfirm your intent to enroll by paying an additional non-refundable $1,000 Enrollment Reconfirmation Fee. This will provide us assurance of your continued intention to enroll before our Regular Decision Admission Committee meets to finalize offers of admission. The $1,000 Enrollment Reconfirmation Fee will be applied to your first semester's tuition bill. Boston College financial aid recipients may be eligible for a reduction of the Enrollment Reconfirmation Fee; requests will be considered on a case by case basis.

Information on registration and orientation will be forwarded to students in December for those now enrolling in the spring term, and in March for those now enrolling in the fall term.
 

Transfer Admission

Students admitted through our transfer process are permitted to postpone their enrollment for either one semester or one year in order to pursue non-academic experiences. No academic coursework may be taken during the postponement period and you may only postpone your enrollment once.

To postpone your enrollment, you must first enroll at Boston College and submit the $500 non-refundable enrollment fee by the deadline stated in your admission letter. You must then complete the Postpone Your Enrollment form to make a formal request to postpone your enrollment. All requests to postpone enrollment must be received by June 15 for Fall Transfers and December 20 for January Transfers. Specific plans for how the student will spend their gap year must be outlined as part of the request. Requests are considered by the admission committee on a case by case basis and approval is not guaranteed.

It is your responsibility to keep your contact information up to date during the postponement period. In the semester preceding your new enrollment term, we will ask you to reconfirm your intent to enroll by paying an additional non-refundable $1,000 Enrollment Reconfirmation Fee.  This will provide us assurance of your continued intention to enroll before our Transfer Admission Committee meets to finalize offers of admission. The $1,000 Enrollment Reconfirmation Fee will be applied to your first semester's tuition bill. Boston College financial aid recipients may be eligible for a reduction of the Enrollment Reconfirmation Fee; requests will be considered on a case by case basis.