It’s Not Too Late to Apply to College

June 08, 2016

It’s not too late to apply to college, after all. Though it might come as a surprise, over 300 schools are still accepting college applications for admission this fall. According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), hundreds of schools are still actively searching for new freshmen and transfer students to fill out their classes.

If you missed your deadlines, didn’t get into the schools you hoped, or are just starting your college application process, there are spots open in states across the country, as well as schools in Canada, the UK, Australia, Germany, and more. The schools range in size, from the 1,000 students at Wesleyan College (GA) to the more than 20,000 students at West Virginia University. Even the large state schools like Oregon State University and Arizona State University are still accepting students for this upcoming year.

There are a limited number of spots at these colleges, however. Some are accepting as few as 10-15 students, though that shouldn’t be a deterrent, according to Hofstra director of undergraduate admissions Claire Fitzgibbon. “There’s no reason that you couldn’t be one of those people,” she says, especially considering the number of potential candidates left.

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While these schools are still accepting students, it’s still important to research the same important details and considerations you would at any other time during the application process. Location, size, and financial aid are just as important when applying to college, even if applications are late.

The list of school, published by NACAC, will be available until July 1st. If you are planning on applying late, it’s important to contact the school to speak with an admissions officer, just to clarify all important details and deadlines for admission. Before you invest time and and effort into applications, make sure that colleges are still accepting applications.

Though applying to college this late might not be the most ideal situation, it’s still good to know that hundreds of great public and private colleges and universities are still open for admission. If you’re looking for help understanding what it takes to get in, search our database of thousands of accepted college application files. You can read essays, stats, and get advice from students who have already gotten in.

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AdmitSee Staff
AdmitSee Staff

​We remember our frustration with applying to college and the lack of information surrounding it. So we created AdmitSee to bring much-needed transparency to the application process! Read more about the team here.




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lamborghinibea…
USC ‘19


Accepted to UC Davis, UCLA, UCSD, USC, Emory, UMich, UNC, Pepperdine

Although very hardworking, I love to socialize with friends and make time to just relax. Also, I've always been interested in cars and working in the business aspect of the automotive industry.
tannar2020
Stanford ‘20


Accepted to Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA

Born in small town, interested in math, science, and literature. Attending Stanford University starting fall of 2016, planning on studying engineering or computer science, with a minor in a foreign language.
ClaireL
UCLA ‘20


Accepted to UCLA, Cornell, CMU, USC, UCSD, UC Davis

UCLA Class of 2020. Orange County native. I like math and music.
alm25
UT Austin ‘19


Accepted to UC Berkeley, USC, UMich, Illinois, UT Austin, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCSD, UCSB, U of Minnesota, Arizona, WVU, Cal Poly, San Jose State

I'm from the SF Bay Area, but I'm betraying my roots by attending The University of Texas at Austin as a chemical engineering major. I like music, science and eating!

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