Sometimes institutions miscalculate enrollment numbers and sometimes late applications are built into a “rolling” system of admissions. Regardless of the reason, 354 of the 1200 members of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), report that space is still available for freshmen or transfer students in the fall of 2011.
Up from an original list of about 280, the current group of colleges and universities represents a wide array of academic interest, size, and geographic location, including several in the DC area. And many also have housing and financial aid available.
If you continue—for whatever reason—to be considering additional college options, take a look at a few of these wonderful schools:
- Bridgewater College, VA: Offers a minor in Equine Studies through the Department of Health and Exercise Science. An equestrian team practices in a fabulous year-round riding and training facility.
- Cedar Crest College, PA: Considered one of the top 10 women’s colleges in the country by Forbes Magazine. And the Cedar Crest forensic science program is one of VERY few accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Science.
- Centre College, KY: Hot glass blowing classes are conducted by Stephen Powell, an internationally acclaimed artist and member of the faculty. The studio—a converted railroad shed—features a furnace that heats clear glass to more than 2,000 degrees. You don’t have to be an art major to take his classes!
- Drew University, NJ: Located on 186 wooded acres in suburban Madison, this campus is just 30 miles from New York City where students routinely engage in amazing internship opportunities. The semester in New York program provides for-credit seminars that immerse students in Manhattan’s most sought-after career fields.
- Eckerd College, FL: Many residence halls are located right on the waterfront and water sports—sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking or kiteboarding—are a short walk down a sandy beach. Marine Science and Environmental Studies are HUGE here! Students are definitely invited to THINKOUTSIDE.
- Fairleigh-Dickinson, NJ: A former Vanderbilt estate nestled in the residential suburbs of north central New Jersey, the College at Florham offers majors in film & animation, entrepreneurial studies, hotel and restaurant management as well as criminology and creative writing.
- Hood College, MD: Located within the Frederick-Washington-Baltimore triangle, Hood offers amazing internship opportunities in both government and the corporate world.
- New College of Florida: Faculty members assess (grade) coursework, independent study projects, tutorials, and other activities for academic credit through narrative evaluations. And it works! This year, NCF has six Fulbright Scholars, one of whom hails from the DC area and studies giraffes.
- Rider University, NJ: Offers an interdisciplinary program in global supply chain management. Students gain hands-on experience through a required co-op or internship experience. And graduates are very much in demand.
- Ringling College of Art and Design, FL: All students receive a brand new, high-end notebook computer for the duration of their studies which is fully loaded with software and supported by IT staff. In addition to more traditional art and design pursuits, Ringling offers instruction in computer graphics, 3D modeling, animation, digital imaging, and multimedia production. Pixar actively recruits from among these grads.
- Ripon College, WI: One of Ripon’s most valued teaching environments, the Ceresco Prairie Conservancy offers 130 acres of native prairie, oak savanna and wetland habitat for study, research, and recreation. And the cycling team received $25,000 Pepsi Refresh grant to construct single-track mountain bike trails in the wooded sections of the Conservancy.
- Shenandoah University, VA: In addition to amazing undergrad programs in nursing and respiratory care, Shenandoah houses a world-class conservatory. And every undergrad gets a brand new MacBook Pro!
- Susquehanna University, PA: One of the many facets of the new Central Curriculum, is a required cross-cultural experience. Some students fulfill their Global Opportunities (GO) requirement by studying abroad while others may choose to take shorter trips or devise their own programs.
- Trinity Washington University, DC: Founded over a century ago as the nation’s first Catholic liberal arts college for women, Trinity is enriched by the resources of our nation’s capital—from internships in Congressional offices to research at NIH. Students are welcome to take classes at any of the major area universities through the DC Consortium of Universities.
- University of Tampa, FL: The National Council of State Boards of Nursing named UT a No. 1 nursing program out of 1686 in the country based on NCLEX-RN results—100% of UT’s grads passed on the first try!
- University of Mary Washington, VA: The Historic Preservation department offers an interdisciplinary Museum Studies Minor. UMW’s three museums support this minor with internship opportunities or students are free to travel into DC and work at any of the Smithsonian’s many museums for credit.
The NACAC “Space Available” list will remain on the NACAC website until July 1, 2011.