January GAP Enrollment
I spent my GAP semester living in California. Being on my own, 3,000 miles away from home, opened my mind and perspective on life. The GAP semester is the best thing I’ve ever done. And, it could change others’ lives if they take full advantage of it.”
– Hanson Grant ’16
The January GAP enrollment option allows students to explore and pursue their passions by participating in a "gap semester" in the fall, while still allowing them to stay on track to complete their college degrees in four years.
In addition to the 540 students that Babson enrolls each fall, Babson also enrolls 50 first-year students who begin their studies in January as part of the GAP cohort. These students have the same academic experience as those who enter in September, including a special section of Babson’s signature course Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME) which starts in the spring semester. These 50 first-year students continue FME and their other coursework through Summer Session. By August of the same calendar year, they will have completed their first year of studies and begin their sophomore year in September with the rest of their classmates.
During their "gap semester," students are free to explore a number of opportunities as part of their GAP experience. These may include foreign travel, volunteer work, internship employment, or a variety of other options. This additional time allows them to pursue their passions in an unrestricted way.
“During my GAP semester, I left my home in Kenya and went to Boston to take classes. The courses I took allowed me to understand the difference between my education at home and in the United States. I know that I will never again have such a great opportunity to reflect, make mistakes, and gain a better understanding of myself.”
– Kripa Shroff ’16
The Office of Undergraduate Admission and the Office of Academic Services encourage the GAP cohort to engage in experiences outside of the traditional collegiate environment in the fall, as GAP students will be taking classes for a full calendar year when they start at Babson in January, including the full summer following the first semester. Please note if students elect to take collegiate coursework at a different institution as part of the GAP semester the courses may or may not be eligible to transfer to Babson College (unless otherwise indicated in the offer of admission). The Office of Undergraduate Admission staff will counsel and assist students interested in the GAP enrollment option during the admission process and once admitted to the college. International students also should consult with Babson prior to selecting a GAP semester program to ensure that the program can support a student’s immigration status.
Students who are interested in being considered for January GAP enrollment at the time of admission should highlight this in their applications to Babson. We will consider requests for GAP enrollment in all of our admission rounds: Early Decision, Early Action, and Regular Decision.
View the video below to hear from past January GAP students about their experience.