Spring Admit students begin their college careers in January rather than August.
Coming to F&M as a Spring Admit is perfect for the independent student who wants to take a breather between high school and college, but who also sees that time as an opportunity to pursue a meaningful intellectual, civic or social experience before enrolling at F&M. Each year, up to 48 students enroll at F&M via Spring Admit.
Rather than arriving on the F&M campus in August, students can explore their interests for the fall semester. Whether a student wishes to use the semester to volunteer, work, or study abroad, we will help that student find the perfect program. Here are some of the fall gap programs our students have participated in:
Students who select a for-credit program arrive on campus in January with a full semester of course work and will be on track to graduate with their cohort class.
Thinking Beyond Borders
Gap semester in Ecuador
St. Andrews University
Scotland Freshman semester abroad
Students who select the following programs are often able to make up credit and graduate with their cohort by taking summer classes and/or engaging in internships for credit.
The School for Field Studies
Environmental study-abroad program
Travel program focusing on community service, life skills, language and adventure
Language immersion program during which student lives with a family abroad
Spanish language, cultural immersion and volunteer work with animals in Costa Rica
Oxford Program for Advanced Studies
Academic work in Oxford, England
Cross Cultural Solutions
Volunteer work abroad
National Outdoor Leadership School
You can read more about the program in The Diplomat, F&M’s online newsletter:
And from The New York Times:
An Argument for a Yearlong Breather
For more information on our Spring Admit Program please or check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.