Q: What is Gap Year?
A: Impact 360 Institute Gap Year is a nine-month living and learning experience for 18 to 20-year-old high school graduates or those early in their college careers. The program features classes that focus on biblical worldview, life and spiritual formation, vocational understanding, as well as a one-month international experience.
Students from diverse experiential and ethnic backgrounds live and learn together in class and foster genuine Christian community through service projects both at home and abroad.
Q: What is the cost? Is financial aid available?
A: We realize finances are a concern, but with financial aid opportunities, price should never prevent a student from applying for Gap Year.
The total cost of Gap Year currently is $17,500. The balance of the year’s program fee includes tuition, general program costs, the one month international immersion experience, dorm, 15 meals per week, weekend retreats and laundry fees.
Lifeshape Inc. awards scholarships based on need. To apply, students must submit a FAFSA summary. Although we do not qualify for federal-based assistance, Gap Year uses the FAFSA as a measuring tool for need in each situation.
Lifeshape, Inc. plays a vital supporting role through such activities as providing grants for Gap Year students needing financial assistance. You can donate to this fund and help a student by clicking here.
Q: What are the qualifications for admission?
A: Qualifications are as follows:
- 18-20 years of age when entering the program
- Must have completed high school before entering the program
- GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Minimum ACT of 22 or SAT (critical reading and math) of 1100
- Active growing relationship with Christ
- Leadership experience
- Solid character
Q: When are Preview Days?
A: March 30-31 - Interview / Preview Day
April 27-28 - Interview / Preview Day
Summer Interview Days may be scheduled on an as-needed basis.
Q: What kind of students are we looking for?
A: Gap Year is not just for students looking for a break before college. We are seeking students that have a growing relationship with Christ, are influencers in their communities and are teachable. Students who apply to Gap Year are evaluated on community, church and school involvement, leadership experience, test scores, GPA, interview, and their desire to participate in the program.
Take a moment to read this blog written by our enrollment team that explains in greater detail what we look for in evaluating a student.
What Makes a Student Stand Out Among Their Peers
Q: What is the admissions process?
A: Students who complete an application online will be considered for interviews taking place on campus throughout the year. Once interviewed, a student will be notified of an acceptance decision within ten business days. If a student is accepted, Gap Year staff will determine a scholarship amount based on need. The online application can be accessed here.
Acceptance decisions are made within 10 business days of a complete application and interview.
Q: What if I already have plans for college?
A: We have had success in deferring acceptance, and even scholarship in some cases, for those students who have already finalized plans for fall. In fact, some schools give an additional scholarship for students who have participated in Gap Year, including Union University, Columbia International University, Southeastern College at Wake Forest, Mississippi College and several others.
Q: What is the acceptance process?
A: Applications for admission to Gap Year are received on a rolling basis. Since space is limited, students are encouraged to begin the application process today. We will review applications and conduct on-campus interviews throughout the program year until the class is full. Each student who applies will be assigned a personal admissions representative who will walk with them through the entire process.
Q: What makes Impact 360 Gap Year different from other programs?
A: Worldview Studies Students receive on-site worldview training from well-known guest professors including, Dr. Norman Geisler, Dr. Del Tackett, Dr. J.P. Moreland and other notable theologians, teachers, leaders and instructors. Upon completion of the program, students earn up to 18 hours of transferable college credit from Union University.
Experiential Learning In addition to inside-the-classroom learning, students participate in activities outside of the classroom to reinforce the subject being discussed. An example of this would be spending the night at a homeless shelter during the week of “Christianity and Poverty,” or participating in an authentic biblical meal during the week of “Old Testament.”
International Travel Students participate in a month-long international trip during their time at Gap Year. In past years, students have spent the month in Central and Eastern Europe or Brazil.
Leadership Training Students receive SERVE* leadership training from executives at the corporate headquarters of Chick-fil-A, Inc., an opportunity usually reserved for rising leaders at the company.
*See and Shape the Future; Engage and Develop Others; Reinvent Continuously; Value Results and Relationships; Embody the Values
Q: What do alumni go on to do?
A: Gap Year alumni are living our mission in many exciting ways. Most alumni go straight from Gap Year to college. Some of the colleges our alumni have attended include:
The College at Southeastern Seminary
College of the Ozarks
Columbia International University
Florida State University
Full Sail College
Georgia Institute of Technology
Kennesaw State University
The King’s College
Mississippi State University
Moody Bible Institute
San Diego State University
University of Georgia
University of North Texas