May 4, 2011

Colleges Still Accepting Applications for fall of 2011

Back by popular demand, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) annual “Space Availability Survey: Openings for Qualified Students” was released today. And a surprising number of wonderful colleges and universities throughout the country are continuing to accept applications for fall 2011 enrollment.

According to NACAC, at least 280 schools have space available for qualified freshman and/or transfer students, and many have financial aid and housing to offer.

“We still have room for a few great students,” said Susquehanna director of admissions Chris Markle, to a group of IECA member independent college consultants. “And yes, financial aid and many scholarships continue to be available for students enrolling this fall.”

The annual survey asks NACAC member institutions to provide information on the availability of space, financial aid, and housing as of May 1, 2011—after the close of the traditional college admissions season. In its 24th year, the survey is designed as a tool for counselors, parents and teachers as they work with students who have not completed the process for one reason or another.

Locally, Trinity Washington University is still accepting applications from prospective freshman as well as transfer students.

“Trinity continues to welcome applications from students who are interested in a dynamic college experience in the nation’s capital,” said Kelly Gosnell, Trinity’s Vice President for Admissions. “We have limited space for the fall, so students should apply now.”

In Maryland, St. John’s College, Morgan State University, Hood College, and Stevenson University indicate they will consider qualified freshman and transfer students, and UMBC describes remaining space, financial aid, and housing as “limited.”

The University of Maryland—College Park still has spots for transfer students with limited availability of financial aid and housing.

Ferrum, Mary Baldwin College, Radford University, Roanoke, Shenandoah University, and the University of Mary Washington also show space and resources left for prospective freshmen and transfers in Virginia.

In addition to the NACAC survey, colleges still accepting applications may be found by searching both the Common Application and Universal College Application (UCA) websites. As of today, the Common App shows 118 members still open to new applicants, and the UCA lists 62 member colleges and universities still accepting first-year and transfer students.

Note that the colleges and universities listed on the NACAC survey are subject to change. And it's entirely possible that more will be included as time goes on. Students must contact institutions directly for up-to-date application information, and admission will be contingent on each institution’s review of individual candidates.

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