May 5, 2012

Many Local Colleges Still Accepting Applications for Fall 2012

Back by popular demand, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) annual “Space Availability Survey: Openings for Qualified Students” was released this week. And a surprising number of wonderful colleges and universities throughout the country are continuing to accept applications for fall 2012 enrollment.

According to NACAC, at least 375 schools have space available for qualified freshman and/or transfer students, and many have financial aid and housing to offer.  This represents a major increase over this time last year when 279 schools responded to the same survey.  And there are some great opportunities on the list.

For example, Smith College and Villanova University have room for some transfer students.  Agnes Scott (GA), Baldwin-Wallace (OH), Eckerd College (FL), Gonzaga University (WA), Guilford (NC), Hofstra (NY), Knox (IL), Ripon (WI), Saint Joseph’s University (PA), the University of San Diego (CA), the University of Vermont, and Xavier University (OH) all report openings for the class of 2016.

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

In Maryland, Capitol College, Frostburg, Loyola University Maryland, St. John’s College, Hood College, Mount Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame University of Maryland, and Stevenson University indicate they will consider qualified freshman and transfer students, and UMBC describes remaining space, financial aid, and housing as “limited.”

To the south, Bluefield College, Emory & Henry, Ferrum, Hollins, Longwood, Lynchburg, Mary Baldwin College, Radford University, Randolph College, Randolph-Macon, Regent University, and Sweet Briar also show space and resources left for prospective freshmen and transfers in Virginia.

The annual survey asks NACAC member institutions to provide information on the availability of space, financial aid, and housing as of May 1, 2012—after the close of the traditional college admissions season. In its 25th 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.

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 143 members still open to new applicants, and the UCA lists 47 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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