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Gap years

Interested in taking a gap year after graduation?

The Gap Year Association is a great place to begin!  Be sure to come up with a plan that is purposeful and thoughtful.  

A combination of volunteering, a job, an internship, classes, or learning a new skill (a new language, a musical instrument) could be an excellent way for you to pass your time before returning to college in August 2021!  

Note that if you take even one class at a community college, four-year colleges might consider you to be a transfer student instead of a first-year!  So if you were admitted to a four-year and are deferring your start for a year, be sure (get it in writing from the Office of Admissions!) that your college permits that!  And if you will be applying to four-year colleges for entry in Fall 2021, being admitted to many of them as a transfer student can be more difficult than if you were a regular first-year applicant (though for the UC's, the TAG program can make it easier!).  

Class of 2020, COVID-19 Assistance

Hello, Seniors/Class of 2020! 

Congratulations on your graduation!  We already miss you, and look forward to seeing you visit us again!Given the unique circumstances with COVID-19 and its uncertain effects on the future, we thought it would be helpful for you to have your own page on our website, after you graduate.  Here, you will find information to help you with your transition to your post-TL plans.  College, jobs, apprenticeships, the military, volunteering, gap matter what you have in mind, we hope that this will help you in the months ahead, no matter where you are or what you are doing.

< - - For volunteering opportunities, click on the "Volunteering" link to your left.  

< - - For jobs, apprenticeships, and the military, click on the "Jobs & Careers" link to the left

If you were an international student in TL's Class of 2020, please be aware that the US Department of Homeland Security issued a new rule on July 6, prohibiting international students from either remaining in the US, or returning to the US, if their college will be entirely online this fall. We are monitoring this situation, and are here to help you as much as possible, if this ruling is upheld, and you would like to transfer colleges or defer enrollment for a semester or a year.  

As always, if you have any questions, please contact your TL counselor, or Brad Ward, the CCC's college counselor ( We are here for you, and look forward to helping you if you need it in the months and years ahead!


Your final TL transcript will be sent to the college you are attending, provided you have notified us where you are going!  To request that your final transcript is sent to the college/university you plan to attend, complete and submit this form.  

Community College information

California Community Colleges (114 around the state)

COM / College of Marin: COM Enrollment Steps     

SRJC / Santa Rosa JC: Steps for New Students

Oregon's community colleges (17)

Washington's community colleges (34)

Nevada's community colleges = Truckee Meadows, Western Nevada, Southern Nevada, Great Basin

TAG/Transfer Admission Guarantee (for UC's)

1/3 of UC students are transfers!  If you would like to transfer from a community college to a UC, you are guaranteed admission to Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara, or Santa Cruz if you have successfully met the TAG requirements!  You might still be admitted to Berkeley, UCLA, or UCSD, but those three are not guaranteed.  

TAG applications are due September 30!

For more information, click here!

Relevant articles about colleges re-opening in the fall (updated almost daily): 

Coronavirus is spreading in fraternity houses, raising concerns for campuses opening this fall (July 11, Washington Post)

Should Students Be Required to Be Vaccinated? (July 10, Inside Higher Ed)

Ivy League Is the First to Suspend Its Football Season.  Who’s Next? (July 9, Slate)

* Fraternity parties lead to 47 new coronavirus cases at UC Berkeley (July 8, SF Chronicle)

College Sports Falling Victim To Coronavirus And Financial Stresses (July 8, NPR)

Coronavirus: How the pandemic is changing fraternities and sororities (July 7, BBC)

College students are preparing to return to campus in the fall.  Is it worth it? (July 6, NBC News)

* Are Those Deciding To Reopen Campuses In The Fall, Facing The Same Risks As Everyone Else? (July 6, Inside Higher Ed)

* Colleges Block Housing Refunds Due To Coronavirus (July 6, Forbes)

Colleges Plan to Reopen Campuses, but for Just Some Students at a Time (July 6, The New York Times)

* The Coming Fall Crisis (July 5, Inside Higher Education)

Colleges Face Rising Revolt by Professors (July 3, The New York Times)

117 Fraternity Residents at the University of Washington Reportedly Test Positive for COVID-19 (July 3, Time)

The Young Cut Loose in Myrtle Beach. The Virus Followed Them Home.  (July 2, The New York Times)

All Eyes on Bars as Virus Surges and Americans Go Drinking (July 2, The New York Times)

As coronavirus cases rise, governors warn the college football season could be in danger (July 2, The Washington Post)

Texas ‘Pong Fest’ Exposed 300 Teens To COVID-19, Officials Say (July 2, HuffPost)

More Infections From an Online Semester? (July 1, Inside Higher Ed)

CDC says colleges should not give covid-19 tests to everybody returning to campus this fall.  Here’s why. (July 1, Washington Post)

As young people drive infection spikes, college faculty members fight for the right to teach remotely (July 1, The Washington Post)

Mounting Faculty Concerns About the Fall Semester (June 30, Inside Higher Ed)

Housekeepers and custodians, fearful as campuses reopen, demand more protection from their schools (June 30, The Washington Post)

* 88 People Got Sick With The Coronavirus From One Bar Reopening In Michigan (June 29, BuzzFeed)

* College Is Worth It, But Campus Isn't (June 29, The New York Times)

* How To Get A Big Break On The Cost Of College: Just Ask (June 29, The Wall Street Journal)

* Presidents' Growing Worry? Perceived Value Of College (June 29, Inside Higher Ed)

* Lurching Toward Fall, Disaster On the Horizon (June 28, Inside Higher Ed)

* "We Could Be Feeling This For The Next Decade": Virus Hits College Towns (June 28, The New York Times)

* This College Is Tiny And Isolated. For Some Students During The Pandemic, That Sounds Perfect (June 28, The Washington Post)

* Coronavirus Limbo: College Students Are Angry and Anxious As They Await News About the Fall (June 27, The Washington Post)

* As Universities Plan For Students' Return Amid Coronavirus, Some Schools Worry About Risky Culture (June 26, ABC News)

* Cases In Younger People Fuel California's Coronavirus Spike (June 26, Los Angeles Times)

* Campus Plans For Fall Evolve (June 25, Inside higher Ed)

* At One Flagship, Coronavirus Cases Surge Even In The Midst of Summer (June 24, The Chronicle of Higher Education)

* How A Spring Break Trip To Mexico Triggered A Coronavirus Outbreak Among 60 Texas College Students (June 24, The Washington Post)

Parties - Not Protests - Are Causing Spikes in Coronavirus (June 24, NPR)

* A Day In The Life Of A Remote Undergraduate Student, Fall 2020 (June 24, Inside Higher Ed)

* Colleges Spend Millions To Prepare To Open Amid Coronavirus (June 24, The Wall Street Journal)

Sex, Social Distancing, and the Fall Semester (June 22, Inside Higher Ed)

* Some Colleges Say No To Housing Refunds This Fall (June 22, Education Dive)

* Whom To Test And How To Pay For it (June 22, Inside Higher Ed)

* Why Some State Universities Are Seeing An Influx (June 22, The New York Times)

Simulating COVID Spread In College Setting (June 22, Inside Higher Ed)

College Football Hit By Coronavirus (June 22, Inside Higher Ed)

* Mississippi Coronavirus Outbreak Linked to Summer Frat Parties (June 19, Newsweek)

* Dozens Of Football Players Test Positive For Covid-19, Giving Colleges A Possible Preview Of Fall (June 19, The Chronicle of Higher Education)

* What Covid-19 Computer Models Are Telling Colleges About the Fall (June 19, The Chronicle of Higher Education)

The Great Reopening Debate (June 18, The Chronicle of Higher Education)

A Fall Enrollment Disaster?  Early Signs Say, Not Everywhere (June 17, The Chronicle of Higher Education)

From Dorm Living To Classes, Here's How College Will Be Different This Fall (June 16, CNBC)

68% Of Parents Are Worried About Paying For College Amid COVID--19 (June 16, CNBC)

Endangered: Large University Lecture Hall Classes (June 16, EdSource)

Colleges Say They Can Reopen Safely.  But Will Students Follow The Rules?  (June 16, The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Expecting Students To Play It Safe If Colleges Reopen Is a Fantasy (June 15, The New York Times)

Can Faculty Be Forced Back On Campus? (June 15, The Chronicle of Higher Education)

* Public Research Universities' OK Year On Admissions (June 15, Inside Higher Ed)

* In Some States This Fall, Masks At Public Colleges Will Be "Encouraged" But Not Required (June 13, The Chronicle of Higher Education)

* The Question of Living Spaces (June 12, Inside Higher Ed)

* What Students Didn’t Do (June 12, Inside Higher Ed)

* Masks Required and Fewer Parties (Allegedly): What College Will Look Like This Fall (June 11, Inside Higher Ed)

* Fall Comes Into View (June 9, Inside Higher Ed)

* A Mixed and Uncertain Admissions Year (June 8, Inside Higher Ed)

* The Looming Financial Fallout (June 8, The Chronicle of Higher Education)

* Behavior Pledges, Empty Stadiums, and Widespread Testing (June 8, The Chronicle of Higher Education)

* Why Colleges’ Plans for the Fall Are “Like Nailing Jell-O To The Wall” (June 7, The Chronicle of Higher Education)

* Amid Virus, Students Look To Colleges Closer To Home (June 6, Washington Post)

* Colleges’ Plans To Reopen Rely on Two Tools: Testing and Contact Tracing. Will They Work? (June 5, The Chronicle of Higher Education)

* More Than Half Of College Students Probably Can’t Afford College Due To COVID-19 (June 4, CNBC)

* What Will College Be Like in the Fall? (June 3, The New York Times)

* In the Rush To Bring Students To Campus, Professors Ask: What About Us? (June 2, The Washington Post)

* How Colleges Can Keep the Coronavirus Off Campus (June 1, The New York Times)

* It’s College Decision Day - Here’s Where Students Stand (June 1, CNBC)

* Why the Fall Will Be a Liability Minefield (May 29, The Chronicle of Higher Education)

* Gap Years and Delayed Enrollment May Be Concern (May 29, Inside Higher Ed)

* Home By Thanksgiving: An Emerging Strategy To Reopen College Campuses in the Fall (May 29, The Washington Post)

* While Focus Is On Fall, Students’ Choices About College Will Have A Far Longer Impact (May 29, The Hechinger Report)

* The Key Issue Isn’t Whether Colleges Should Open In The Fall, But How To Do It Safely (May 28, Inside Higher Ed)

* Picking A College For the Fall? Here’s How To Decide For An Unknown Future (May 26, NPR)

* What Students Want This Fall (May 26, Inside Higher Ed)

* College Students: Take A Gap Year, But Use It To Make A Difference (May 26, The New York Times)

* College Presidents Say Fall Reopening Likely (May 26, Inside Higher Ed)

* Does Anthony Fauci Think Colleges Should Reopen? We Asked Him (May 22, Chronicle of Higher Education)