These Colleges Are Still Looking for Freshmen and Transfer Students

These Colleges Are Still Looking for Freshmen and Transfer Students
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    The deadline for deciding which college you will attend this fall was on May 5, but there are more than 250 colleges and universities that still have openings.


For the 27th year, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has provided its College Openings Update to let high school counselors and students know which schools might still welcome them.

NACAC: The List

The NACAC says that the list should not be taken as a survey of colleges and universities that are in trouble. Instead, these schools have positions available for well qualified students and are making this information known. Said Joyce E. Smith, NACAC CEO, “This announcement is a ‘win-win’ for all parties, if students need to rethink their admission options.”

Indeed, some students are still struggling to find the right higher education fit, including some that may have been turned down by the school(s) where they initially applied. Smith noted that the college application process has also changed with many institutions accepting them throughout the year.

Online Database

The NACAC has an online database of colleges and universities that are still accepting Fall 2014 students in the United States, indeed across the world. Students can make a selection and then download that information as an Excel file.

The database includes the name of the institution, its location by state or country, and whether they are accepting freshman, transfer students or both. The type of institution — public or private — is identified, followed by its enrollment, financial aid availability and housing availability. A link for “contact information” is also provided.

For example, in North Carolina, six colleges and universities are listed — two public and four private. They range in size from St. Andrews University and Warren Wilson College to Appalachian State University. All six are currently accepting both freshman and transfer applications.

In California, nine colleges and universities are listed, all private institutions with enrollment under 5,000 students. William Jessup University, Mills College, and the California College of the Arts are still accepting freshmen and transfer students although none of the schools has publicized exactly how many.

Avoiding Summer Melt

Admissions officials may also be attempting to head off “summer melt,” a situation where committed students decide not to attend. Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland is one such institution that is attempting to combat the problem by sending out tear-off calendars to students to help them count down to their first day at college reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. That school may accept as many as 12 new freshmen and transfer students to augment its anticipated freshman class of 540.

The NACAC admits that few students view its list, for the reason that most high schoolers are not aware of its existence. The list is updated regularly and will stay on the NACAC’s website through June 30. Thus, the information is as current as the institution’s keep it, with colleges and universities asked to maintain and modify their statuses accordingly.

See Also — Please check out our own free college admission guide including resources to help you write your essay.


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