Gap YearThe College of Charleston defines a Gap student as someone who has been admitted to the College as a freshman and who opts to takes a semester or year (two consecutive semesters) off between high school graduation and college enrollment. Students typically chose this option for a variety of reasons. Examples are working, travel, and personal motives.
Coursework ElsewhereIf a student opts to take coursework elsewhere during their Gap period, their status as an admitted freshman is subject to change. In order to maintain acceptance to the College, students are not permitted to take coursework elsewhere. Rare exceptions to this stipulation may be granted but students must have prior approval from the College.
If a student decides to take coursework during their Gap period without prior approval, acceptance to the college will be voided and their status will switch to a transfer applicant. College transcripts will be required and the application will be subject to the transfer admissions requirements. Please note, a change in status from freshman to transfer will void any institutional scholarships. Additionally, South Carolina residents should be aware of the LIFE scholarship eligibility requirements once college coursework has begun.