Colleges Accepting Applications for Fall 2021
For students who maybe got a late start on the college admissions process, or their goals and interests have changed, trying to apply for admission to the fall term may seem impossible. However, there are 195 colleges and universities in the US and abroad that are still accepting applications after May 1 for the class of 2025.
Every year after the May 1 College Decision Day, NACAC compiles a list of all of the colleges and universities with space, housing, and financial aid available for those looking to attend college in the fall. This year’s list is much smaller than last year, which had over 770 colleges at this point. This was due to uncertainty about the fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic, financial hardships, and other concerns for students.
Here’s the link to NACAC’s College Openings Update: Options for Qualified Students. Keep in mind this list is only comprised of NACAC member schools, so there might be other options still out there – but this is an excellent place to start.
Students will be able to sort the list based on location, financial aid and house availability, and even whether the schools are accepting freshman applicants and/or transfers – good news for transfer students who may want some additional options.
Some things for students to keep in mind when looking through this list:
Don’t Get Overwhelmed!
There are A LOT of schools on this list that vary in size, location, educational opportunities, and more. It may be hard at first to know where to start, so filter broadly, then get more specific. For example, if you know you need financial aid and housing, filter for schools that have availability for both first. Then, consider location. If you think you need to stay close to home, filter by your home state. If you’re from New York but know you HAVE to go to school on the West Coast, filter for California, Washington, and Oregon. That should give you a fairly manageable list to work with!
Do Your Research
It may be tempting to apply to a bunch of schools on this list because they have some space for you, but don’t rush! After filtering out for your location preferences and housing and financial aid availability (if applicable) do your due diligence to learn as much about these schools as possible. Identify a few schools that really pique your interest, then do through research to determine if those schools are a good fit for you. If possible, make an appointment to speak with your college counselor about some of your options and whether or not there are other schools on this list that they think might be a good fit for you.
Consider a Gap Year
If you find this process to be too overwhelming on such a short timetable, consider taking a gap year and reapplying for admission to the class entering fall 2022. Gap years give students the opportunity to pursue work or internship opportunities in their fields of interest, maybe take some classes at a local community college, and apply as a first-year student on the regular college admissions timetable. This can be a great option for students who are still unsure about their college goals and which schools are the best-fit for them, or those who need more time to prepare.
Applying to college is not a simple or easy process, especially when doing it on a tighter time frame. Take your time when researching schools that are still accepting applications for the fall, and don’t hesitate to reach out for help if you need it. At IvyWise we work with students through all stages of the college admissions process, from first-year applicants to transfer students and more. Contact us today for more information.