What is a postgraduate (PG) year?
The postgraduate year can play an important role in the academic, social, and extracurricular life of a student. It is designed for young people that would benefit from the extra time before enrolling in college. As Kristin White so aptly notes in her book about gap years, the PG year is “a year of structured independence, offering students the chance to live in a supportive residential environment while building study skills, improving grades, and gaining the maturity needed to be successful in college.”
At Mercersburg, students that enroll in a postgraduate year may do so in order to grow and mature personally, improve their academic profile, enhance their study skills and time management, as well as, in some cases, foster and gain exposure athletically. Not only can a PG year provide an opportunity to gain acceptance to more colleges of choice, but it will also better prepare students to handle the work and independence of college life once they get there.
Please note that in accordance with Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) rules, PG athletes who turn 19 before September 1 are not eligible to compete in MAPL contests.
- September-January – Application season
- See www.mercersburg.edu/apply for more details on how to apply
- January 15 – Application deadline
- March 10 – Decision letters mailed
- March/April – Revisit Day events
- April 10 – Admission decisions due
- June – Initial contact from College Counseling with counselor assignment
- June – Receive registration code for Family Connection (web-based program used by College Counseling)
- Summer - Extensive parent & student surveys conducted
- June/July – Schedule classes with Academic Dean’s Office
- Upon Arrival/First Week – Meeting with college counselor (with parents, if possible)
The College Counseling Process
Postgraduate students will begin the college counseling process shortly after enrolling at Mercersburg. All PGs are welcome to schedule a time to meet (by phone or in person) with a College Counseling representative in the late spring or early summer. This can be a time to get advice on course selection or summer activities such as standardized test prep or college visits.
During the summer, students will receive a registration email for Family Connection, the web-based program used to officially start the college advising process. Soon after, all PGs and their families will be asked to take extensive surveys on the college counseling process. Upon arrival at Mercersburg, or during the first week of school, college counselors will have individual meetings with all PGs and their families (when possible).
White, K. M. (2009). The complete guide to the gap year: The best things to do between high school and college. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.