Lots of Colleges Continue to Accept 2016 Applications

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Students should talk with a school’s admissions office before putting together a late application.

6-9-2016 9-02-15 AM

If you are finding to move into a dorm room and make a book at college in this fall, now is not really late to do that apply to college.

According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s annual College Openings Update, now, there are more than 350 public and private colleges and universities still continue to accept applications for the fall 2016 semester.

This shows that lots of the organization’s member institutions still have spaces for freshmen and transfer students, even when the May 1 national response date for college acceptances passed. Some schools on the list can modify some their information such as their number of openings changes, and other schools may be added to the list, according to the organization. And the list will be available online through July 1.

In the list, students can also see which schools have financial aids and housing still offer for grabs.

However, the number of available spots at these institutions may be limited, so interested students should get started on the application process as soon as possible. For example, Cindy Babington, vice president for admission and financial aid at the liberal arts school says DePauw University in Indiana is looking to accept around 10-15 students.

But Claire Fitzgibbon, director of undergraduate admission at Hofstra University in New York, says qualified applicants shouldn’t feel threatened by the small numbers of open spots. He says “There’s no reason that you couldn’t be one of those people.”

Firstly, experts say, the late applicants should call to the school that they are considering and speak with an admissions officer. They should ask if a school is still accepting applications before they spend time and effort in actually putting one together.

Students should also ask about the availability of merit based and need based financial aid, Babington even says that “That’s going to be a strong consideration, I’m sure, for both students and institutions past the deadline,”.About a lots of the schools on the NACAC list indicated that they don’t have any financial aid available on the last Thursday.

Colleges and universities with many different sizes are featured on the list, but the institutions usually have 5,000 students or fewer. Among the bigger schools are the large state institutions such as Oregon State University, the University of Arizona and the University of Utah. Public colleges occupy 34 percent of the schools on the list.

The institutions still continue to accept applications are located all over the country: at least 46 of the 50 states had one school represented on the list on the last of Thursday. Beside that, there are also other schools located outside the U.S. in countries such as Canada and the U.K., for students who are interested in gaining a degree abroad.

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