Spring Enrollment for First-Year Students
Our Angle on First-year Spring Enrollment
While most prospective first-year students apply to Denison University intending to enroll during the fall semester, we are pleased to offer interested students the opportunity to begin their Denison experience in the spring semester. Denison’s spring enrollment program allows students the chance to pursue a gap semester. Many students who chose a spring enrollment path may use their time to travel, participate in service, athletic, or artistic programs, spend time with family, practice some self care, complete an internship or job experience, read all of Proust, or many other noble pursuits.
The Application Process
Our admission deadlines remain the same regardless of preferred semester start, and Denison releases admission decisions for both fall and spring semester students at the same time — rolling from November through February for Early Decision applicants and by April 1 for Regular Decision applicants.
How do I indicate my preference? It’s simple. When completing the application, students can select the term they prefer to start their college experience. Note that the preference a student indicates has no impact on a student’s admissibility to Denison. While we strive to achieve student preference, we cannot guarantee that a student will be admitted for their preferred semester start.
Choosing a Gap Semester Option
Denison encourages students to pursue transformative experiences in their gap semester that help establish global perspectives and cross-cultural understanding.
Verto Education is an example of such a program. Unlike a traditional gap programs, students who participate in the Verto program will earn college credits that transfer seamlessly to Denison after one or two semesters. The program’s coursework aligns with Denison’s global approach to the liberal arts. It is structured around small class sizes and designed to foster cultural immersion. The most popular courses include International Business in London, European History in Madrid, Global Health in Latin America, and Environmental Science in the South Pacific.
Spring Enrollment FAQ:
We typically have far more qualified candidates than we have space for on campus each fall. Spring enrollment allows us to enroll some of those highly qualified students who may otherwise not have been able to join our community.
The preference you indicate on your application has no impact on your admissibility. Students who would consider a spring semester start at Denison if a fall start is unavailable due to space limitations should indicate that preference. Otherwise, students should indicate that they would only like to be considered for a fall or a spring start, as appropriate.
We know that for many students this break in school is unexpected, but it is also a rare opportunity to explore a vein of interest that simply isn’t possible as a full-time student. Popular options include travel, service, work, and independent study. Many students combine several of these options, but how you spend your time is up to you. There are no restrictions on your activities, other than the fact that you are not permitted to enroll in any college courses elsewhere unless they are pre-approved by the Denison Office of Admission.
Spring enrollment students are enrolled as first-year students at Denison, meaning they have not enrolled at another institution. If you choose to enroll elsewhere, you must reapply to Denison as a transfer student. Exceptions are available for some courses, but enrollment in any courses during a gap semester must be pre-approved by the Denison Office of Admission.
Absolutely. Most Denison students study abroad in their junior year, and spring enrollment students are no different - you can plan a study abroad trip with your academic advisor that fits into your academic plans.
Yes, all students have four years of NCAA eligibility, including those who begin at Denison as first-year students in the spring semester.
Yes! There are no limitations on your involvement simply because you enter Denison in the spring semester.
Yes! You will receive information regarding spring orientation later in the fall.
Students who begin at Denison in the spring not only enroll with a cohort of other spring students, but they immediately enter our residential community with the entire student body.
Denison is a fully residential campus, meaning all of our students are required to live on campus for all four years, including students who enter Denison in the spring.
Students must earn 121 credits in order to graduate, along with their general education and major requirements. That can be accomplished over any number of semesters. Students who enter Denison in the spring are certainly able to graduate in the spring, 7 semesters later. One option is to enroll at Denison with existing college credit earned from AP or IB examinations. Alternatively, students can complete a few extra courses during the academic year, or they can enroll in summer courses and transfer those to credits to Denison. There are many options available.
We are here to help you with all admission related questions. Find the admission counselor responsible for working with students from your area or contact us at email@example.com or by phone at 740-587-6276.