Many students don’t think about deferring college till spring because the concept is foreign to them. Since they were 4 or 5 years old, school always starts in September. So it’s more about habit than anything else. They also feel that they are “behind” their other classmates and high school friends if starting in spring. Once you are on campus, no one knows or cares when you started. However, there are many benefits to starting college in the spring term instead of fall if needed.
If you just aren’t ready for college, then wait. Going to college before you are ready can cause a lot of issues once on campus such as lack of focus, poor grades, premature dropping out and changing of majors many times over. If needed, take some time to think about your future and your career in a “constructive” way that fall. One of the benefits of a spring start is that you are competing with fewer students for those required first semester classes and therefore, you are more likely to get them. Also, your orientation is smaller and you get much more personalized attention from staff and faculty about living on campus and choosing classes. If you feel that your credits are dragging, take a few summer classes to make up for the spring start. As I said, take advantage of the fall term when everyone else is away at school (September though December) in a constructive way by interning, working and/or meeting with professional in your desired field to make sure it’s the right fit for you. Then you can start in spring more confident about your choices. High school to college is a very big switch and some teens are better with change than others. Taking a semester off isn’t a cop-out, it’s a small choice for some families and students.