Postgraduate (PG) Year at Hun

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Considering a Gap Year?

Gap years are becoming increasingly popular among high school seniors. Many students come to recognize that they may not be adequately prepared for the academic, athletic, or social pressures of college. Others opt for a gap year for the opportunity to perform service projects, pursue a particular passion, or improve in an area of concentration before attending college. If you are considering delaying your college application or attendance, consider The Hun School’s Postgraduate Program.

What is the Post-High School Graduate Program at Hun?

An Academic-Focused Alternative

A postgraduate year is an academically minded gap year that offers students an opportunity to strengthen their candidacies for admission and potential for success in college.

Hun postgraduates are full-time boarding school students and members of the senior class. They take full course loads and participate in activities, athletics, extracurriculars, and social events. The program is designed to help them prepare for college, socially, emotionally, and academically.

Benefits of a Postgraduate Year

  • Get ahead by taking extra classes
  • Further develop skills such as academic skills, athletic skills, language skills, etc.
  • Personal growth through independent, on-campus boarding
  • Preparation for college through academics and independent living


What You May Study/ Do in Your Post-High School Graduate Year


A postgraduate year offers students the opportunity to build on their academic foundation by improving grades, sharpening critical skills, developing effective independent study habits, and accruing more experience in the areas of STEM, humanities, or the arts. The Hun School is uniquely suited to add to a student’s academic repertoire with college-level courses and electives, Scholars Tracks (academic concentration and transcript designation), and Next Term: a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary mini-mester.


Many student-athletes choose a postgraduate year for the opportunity to further develop their athletic skills and raise their athletic profile. The Hun School’s athletic tradition is nationally known, with a reputation for sending 30-40 well-prepared student-athletes to collegiate programs each year.

Community Involvement

As full-time members of the senior class and as boarding students, postgraduates are active participants in The Hun School community. The structured independence of boarding school fosters personal growth and maturity, as well as fully prepares students for the rigors of college.

International Students

International students who plan to attend college in the United States often seek a postgraduate year to master language skills and acquaint themselves with the experience of living away from home in a foreign land. Each year, Hun welcomes two to four international postgraduate students.

FAQs About The Hun School's Postgraduate Program

How many students are accepted into the postgraduate program?

The Hun School typically admits 10-15 postgraduate students annually.

What are the requirements for admission?

Our postgraduates participate in a competitive admissions process. All PGs must have a strong academic track record and extracurricular involvement. As with all students, we look first to admit young men and women who will make a positive impact on The Hun School community.

Who chooses a postgraduate year?

Male and female students choose a PG year for a variety of individual reasons. Some want the opportunity to raise their scores to secure admission to their first-choice college, while others seek an extra year of athletic development for college recruiting. Others want to explore disciplines that were unavailable in their high schools, while some want their first experience living away from home to be in a more supportive environment.

How do college admissions officers view a PG year?

College admissions officers look favorably upon students who choose a postgraduate year because they know that once those students arrive on campus, they will be better prepared, more mature, and more committed than the average college freshman.

Learn More About Hun Today

If you’re interested in exploring a gap year at The Hun School of Princeton, contact our Admissions Counselors to learn more about our programs and community. Our admissions process includes a campus visit and interview. If a visit to our Princeton campus is not feasible, accommodations can be made for Skype interviews.

To schedule a visit to our campus, contact our Admissions team today at (609) 921-7600 or

See you on campus!