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Waitlisted? Rejected? 258 New Options After May 1st

Waitlisted?  Rejected?  258 New Options After May 1st

If you were waitlisted or rejected, there are 258 new options after May 1st.

Kathryn Knight

May 06, 2009

This just in: Uh-oh, it’s May 6th…and you still haven’t made your college decision. Maybe you got rejected from your first choice college, which is pretty common after the high rejection rates this admissions season. Or maybe your first choice college ran out of space. Time to panic, right?

Yesterday, the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) released their annual survey of four-year colleges and universities across the country that still have room. "It is important for students and their counselors to know that many quality institutions still have both space and financial aid available for those who have not yet completed the college admission and enrollment process,” said Joyce Smith, NACAC’s Chief Executive Officer.

At least 258 schools have spaces to fill and 256 of those institutions are still offering financial aid. Of the 258, all of them have room for freshmen while 247 still have transfer space available. Finally, 249 of the open institutions have housing available to incoming students. Roughly 71% of the schools are private while the rest are public.

Have a question about financial aid? Ask the expert — Ask Kantro.

These schools aren’t the bottom of the barrel either. For instance, several public universities with openings are featured in the top 100 national universities on U.S. News and World Report, including: Drexel University, Marquette University, The University of Arizona, and The University of Iowa. Also, plenty of liberal arts colleges can be found on the list as well, such as: Juniata College, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Calvin College. And the best news? Almost all of these institutions have scholarships available through Fastweb (start applying now!).

Last year, a total of 295 institutions had vacancies after May 1st, which is counterintuitive to the challenge that the economy may have posed to college applicants. However, it should be noted that NACAC only surveys its members, which consist of 1,150 out of the nation’s 2,000 colleges.

Students interested in a vacant spot at one of the 258 schools are encouraged to contact that particular school directly.


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