Roger’s Guided Gap Experience

Are you a recent high school graduate interested in taking some time off from full-time, traditional education before beginning your college career? Roger’s Guided Gap Experience offers you a way to customize and make the most of this valuable time. A gap semester or year is a great opportunity to pursue work experience, travel, volunteering, or other activities before embarking on a traditional college career.

Roger’s Guided Gap Experience represents the best of both worlds, providing you with the flexibility to  gain life experience outside of school, while also establishing your connection with the RWU community, and even earning some college credit that will apply to your degree program.

How Does It Work?

  • Place your enrollment deposit with RWU to secure your spot in your preferred entering semester (spring or fall).
  • Opt into Roger’s Guided Gap Experience by submitting your interest form. This will get you connected with a Guide who will help you map out your semester or year experience.
  • Choose from a menu of opportunities including online courses, micro-credentials, and certificates.
  • Enroll in the Gap Experience 3-credit course that will assist you with identifying learning opportunities and connections during your gap time, planning your future career path, and strengthening your self-advocacy and career management skills.

What Are the Benefits?

  • Support from a dedicated RWU Peer Mentor who will help you get connected with and acclimated to the RWU community, making you a valued member of the RWU family even before you matriculate as a full-time student.
  • Earning at least 3 college credits to apply to your degree program. Any online courses you choose to take will apply to your degree program and give you exposure and experience with learning at RWU.
  • The Gap Experience course will allow you to synthesize and connect what you learn during your gap time. This is a deliverable that can be added to your resume and help bolster your future opportunities for internships and other co-curricular opportunities.
  • Access to LinkedIn Learning through the RWU license, which offers tutorials and courses to help develop and strengthen your skillset and resume, on a wide variety of topics from web design to time management to photography and more.
  • Invitations to attend University-sponsored events such as speakers, concerts, and social events.

What Are the Menu of Opportunities?

How Does the Gap Experience Course Work?

The course is centered on the experiential learning opportunities that students have planned for their gap semester or year. One of the first assignments of the seminar will be for students to describe concretely their plans for the semester/year and to identify the learning outcomes they hope to achieve through their gap experience.  In weekly seminar sessions and through reading and writing assignments, students will reflect on their progress toward these learning goals; compare and contrast the people, places, organizations, and issues they are involved with; and deepen academic, professional, and personal skills related to oral and written communications, planning and time management, and civic and community engagement. This course will meet once a week for 2 hours in seminar. 

How Much Does It Cost?

  • The cost ranges depending on the opportunities you select. However, the base cost for the 3-credit Roger Experience course, peer mentorship, and access to appropriate RWU services and facilities is $1,999.
  • Additional online, 3-credit courses are $1,299 each.
  • Micro-credentials and certificates range in cost, see individual programs.

How Do I Get Started?

If you are interested in learning more, please submit the Guided Gap Year Interest Form and someone will be in touch with you shortly. 

Guided Gap Year Interest Form


Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at or 401-254-3500 for more information..