Do you know of a college-bound high school senior who is in a panic because he or she hasn’t secured a spot yet for next year? For some seniors the list of colleges they applied to didn’t pan out the way they thought it would, or their needs and interests changed after the application season ended. Other seniors might have come late to the realization that they want to attend a four-year college. For whatever the reason, as the close of the high school year approaches there are seniors out there who want to attend a four-year college but don’t have one to attend.
Each year the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) collects data from all the four-year institutions that still have space available for freshman or transfer students and provides that information on their website for students and families still searching for a college spot. The College Openings Update is available on the NACAC website until the end of June. The good news is that there are over 250 colleges that NACAC lists as still accepting freshman and transfer applications. The bad news is that there might be limited availability of financial aid and housing for new applicants.
Students can also find colleges that are still accepting the Common Application on their website under the Member Institution Search tab. Just enter ‘Fall 2014’ for the term and select an application deadline date for on or after sometime in the spring.
The Universal Application makes it even easier to find colleges still accepting their applications. They have a page that lists all colleges still accepting applications and the deadlines.
Schools close to home that report they are still accepting freshman applications are Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, and Washington State University. On the east side of the state Pacific Lutheran, Seattle Pacific, Seattle University, Saint Martin’s and The Evergreen State College are all accepting applications. All these schools are accepting transfer applicants as well. Currently they are also reporting that they still have financial aid and housing available as well, though for most colleges the amount of aid available may be limited.
Just across the border into Oregon colleges still accepting freshman and transfer applications include Eastern Oregon University, Linfield College, Pacific University, Portland State University, University of Oregon, Southern Oregon University and Warner Pacific College. As with the Washington schools, financial aid and housing are available but may be limited.
In Idaho, Boise State, Idaho State, Lewis-Clark State, University of Idaho and the College of Idaho are all reporting openings for freshmen and transfers. Housing and aid are also available.
For the panicking high school senior there are still options close to home and more nation-wide. Check out the College Openings Update, Common Application and Universal Application to search further afield. Though the colleges on these lists currently have spots available for students, time is of the essence. Contact the schools that you are interested in immediately to confirm space is available and find out the process for applying.