Every undergraduate student at UNC likely feels the pressure to graduate in four years — many of us opt to overload during registration to graduate even sooner. It makes sense financially to aim for the most affordable, efficient college experience.
However, we must acknowledge that completing eight back-to-back semesters immediately after high school as a full-time student isn’t a “one size fits all” scenario.
Students should get to know all of their options before they make important decisions regarding how and when they attend university.
Gap years have recently grown in popularity. While they remain mostly associated with taking a break from school between high school graduation and college commencement, there is always the possibility of taking a break at any point in one’s education.
The University has already taken steps to destigmatize academic withdrawals, although students who withdraw must apply for readmission in order to return to UNC as a full-time or part-time student.