Not every student is ready, or appropriate, for a traditional college experience immediately following high school. Luckily, this is such a common circumstance that there are dozens of programs throughout the country that serve these students. Most fall within one of the following categories:
Transitional College Programs
Focusing on the transition from high school to independent college life, these programs aid students through advising and tutoring, social mentoring, and independent living skills.
Independent Living Skills/Vocational Programs
The goal of these programs is to teach students the vocational, social, and living skills necessary to become independent, successful adults.
Gap Year Programs
This is a semester or a year of "hands on, experiential" learning through travel, community service, internship, outdoor adventure, exploration, or a combination of one or more of the above. The purpose of a gap year is to take a break from traditional work, to mature, or to find direction. Colleges and universities look highly upon a gap year before admissions.