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A Path Towards Exploration and Growth

Today, young people are faced with overwhelming options and information, and traditional schooling systems do not adequately prepare them to navigate our increasingly complex world. Year On helps students step more fully into themselves as leaders of their own lives — to learn more about who they are, what they value, and how to take steps forward to build a path that works for them.

Our unique Admissions process gives you insight into what it's like to be on our program. We ask you to reflect on who you are, where you want to go, and how to get there. These responses help us understand your interests, motivations, and dreams to determine if you will thrive in the community here at Year On.

Our fellows come to us from all different backgrounds and join our program for a variety of reasons. Whether you're a high school senior looking to take time after graduation or a college student needing a semester to explore your interests–our programs give you the structure and guidance to gain confidence, clarity, and direction for your next steps.

SEE WHY our fellows took a gap year:

“I wanted to travel to a developing country, participate in service work, self-reflect, push my comfort zone, explore potential career options, and pursue self-directed projects.”

“I took a gap year to get unstuck, take back my learning, and find a better path for myself moving forwards.”

“I knew taking a gap year would be the perfect opportunity to help me step outside the bubble and understand the world at a greater level.”

How to apply

Enrollment Process

Our Admissions process is like our curriculum–it's an experiential learning process that helps you understand more about yourself as you engage in each step.

Step 1

Apply Online

Answer a few questions about yourself and your interest in a gap year.

Step 2

Application Review

Our Admissions team reviews applications and invites the strongest candidates for an informal phone interview.

Step 3

Admission Decision

Keep an eye on your inbox! After your interview you'll learn if you've been admitted.

Step 4


Secure your spot with an initial deposit of $1,000.

Step 5

Plan Your Year On

Work with our Program Coach to plan your Year On!

Still have questions? 

Check out our FAQs.

“Sure enough my gap year exceeded all my expectations. I became more open-minded, comfortable in my own skin, better at handling transitions, driven, confident in my ability to succeed, willing to fail, and so much more. I have a broader perspective on how I want to tackle college and my life in general. Taking a gap year is hands down the best decision I ever made and I can assure anyone that they’ll feel the same if they do it.”

Fellows Yzzy, Marco, and Allison enjoying a sunset cruise in San Francisco, during the Focus phase of their gap year.

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