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Posted at 6:30 AM ET, 02/11/2010

Colleges still accepting applications for fall

By Valerie Strauss

A friend told me that her son had applied to half a dozen colleges and universities for this coming fall. She has become worried that he won’t get into any of them and should have applied to more. What can he do?

The same query was posed on a listserv by an educational consultant, who noted that the University of California may, for the first time, wait list students for the fall as officials figure out how many their financial straits will allow them to accept.

It turns out that there are scores of fine schools still accepting applications. In some cases, you have only days to finish the application, and in others, a lot longer. (See partial list below.)

It is rare for a student to be shut out in the admissions game if he/she has put together a reasonable college application list--one that includes schools in three different categories: those considered a reach, schools within the comfort zone but not certain and institutions where he is considered a shoo-in.

It does happen, of course, that the school that comes through with an acceptance is not one the student ever dreamed of attending. But that’s not a shutout, which is what happens to some kids who are unrealistic with their applications.

Every admissions season there are stories about a top student with an A average, lots of Advanced Placement courses and great test scores who winds up getting no acceptances. These kids generally apply to the Ivy League and comparable schools--and the fact is that there are too many kids with those credentials for these schools to accept them all.

Being deferred can be tantamount to rejection. Colleges admit an average of 35 percent of wait-listed students who decide to stay on the list--and highly selective schools take fewer than that.

Here are some of the schools still accepting college applications. If you are interested in one that is not on the list, check its web site.


Feb. 15:
Catholic University

College of Wooster (will accept late applications)

Muhlenberg College

Rollins College

Ursinus College


March 1:
Ohio Wesleyan University

Siena College

University of Montana (late applications accepted)


March 15
Juniata College

Southern Methodist University

East Carolina University (accepts late applications)


April 1
Indiana University Bloomington (after this date applications accepted as space available)

University of Kansas


May 1
Clemson University

University of Hawaii
(10 campuses with final dates ranging from May through August)



June 15
University of New Mexico



Rolling admissions (until the class is full)
University of Alabama

Beloit College

Gustavus Adolphus

Hendrix College

Illinois Wesleyan University

University of Iowa

University of Maryland, College Park

Michigan State University

University of Minnesota

Northern Michigan University

Penn State University

University of Pittsburgh


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By Valerie Strauss  | February 11, 2010; 6:30 AM ET
Categories:  College Admissions  | Tags:  college admissions  
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