May 7, 2012
Late college applicants need not despair: According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, over 375 institutions still have spots for entering freshmen or transfer students this fall.
NACAC's annual Space Availability Survey: Openings for Qualified Students, determines whether colleges and universities can still accept applications for prospective students for fall enrollment after the May 1 National Response Deadline. This year's poll lists a total of 362 colleges with freshman space available, 374 colleges with transfer space, 373 with available institutional financial aid, and 354 with housing. In fact, according to NACAC's fact sheet on the survey, this year's numbers represent the highest number of open college slots available after May 1 in over a decade.
The colleges on the list are represented from 48 states and the District of Columbia, as well as eight countries. The majority of those listed, or 70 percent, are private colleges, while community colleges are not included.
"At this point in the year, colleges are just beyond the May 1 national response date, so some of the colleges on this list may be in need of students to round out their classes for the fall," noted David Hawkins, NACAC's director of public policy and research, who was quoted by U.S. News & World Report. "It is a good opportunity to fulfill a college's need and a student's need at the same time."
Some of the institutions listed include Arizona State University, the New York Institute of Technology, Loyola University in Maryland, Pace University in New York, and Northern Michigan University.
As pointed out by The New York Times, even more colleges may have space that are not listed in the poll. That's because the NACAC survey is voluntary and only open to four-year colleges that are members of the organization.
Even so, prospective students who wish to enroll for the fall semester are encouraged to act quickly and contact admissions officials directly.
"Don't wait anymore," said Christine Krut, admissions director at the New York Institute of Technology, who was interviewed by U.S. News & World Report. "This is not the time to take your time in terms of starting the process, but [to] communicate with the schools you're interested in."
She added that acting quickly can help students take advantage of any available scholarships. "Things like financial aid are set pools," Krut explained. "We still have thousands of dollars left of money to give, but [later in the summer] we can't be as generous as we might be right now."
The survey results will remain on NACAC's Web site through June 29, 2012.
Compiled by Yaffa Klugerman
"Fact Sheet: NACAC 2012 Space Availability Survey: Openings for Qualified Students," nacacnet.org
"Many Colleges Are Still Taking Applications for the Fall," thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com, May 3, 2012, Tanya Caldwell
"More Than 350 Colleges Still Have Spots, Financial Aid for Fall Students," usnews.com, May 3, 2012, Katy Hopkins