I have advocated that our college counseling students consider a gap year for almost as long as our college counseling services have been in existence.
“Consider” does not mean committing. It simply means evaluating as possible alternative.
It always made sense to me to take a gap year for students who (1) needed some maturity before heading to college and potentially wasting their parent’s college money on a year of doing little work and a lot of partying (2) did not gain admission to any college that excited them and (3) the far better reason – taking advantage of a year to experience life before they had to focus exclusively on their resume.
The above TV coverage gets interesting around the 1:10 part :).