For recent graduates, taking a year off between graduation and graduate/professional school is becoming much more common as there are so many opportunities available and options to take advantage of before making the commitment of graduate or professional school. If you find yourself in a quandary on what to do after graduation, you are not alone. Other common names for a gap year are: pathway, prep-year, leap year, defer year, bridge-year, drop year, year out, year off, glide-year, or foundation year. The name you use will depend on what you intend to do during your gap year, what country you’re in, and sometimes the institution you wish to enter after your gap year is over.
Source: Adapted from Berkeley Career Center