NACAC's College Openings Update

Shanda Ivory

Updated: May 18, 12 p.m.

Arlington, VA (May 5, 2020) — Roughly 770 colleges and universities still have openings, financial aid, and housing available to qualified freshmen and/or transfer students for the fall 2020 semester, according to information from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

NACAC’s 33rd Annual College Openings Update, released this morning, is an eagerly anticipated tool that allows students and colleges to find potential matches during the spring prior to fall enrollment. During this year of unprecedented uncertainty for both colleges and students, the update—available at—could prove particularly helpful. Counselors, parents, and teachers can use NACAC’s College Openings Update to assist students who have not yet found a college to attend.

“Given the extraordinary circumstances of 2020, we hope this resource can help colleges that are still seeking students for fall enrollment to connect with students who haven’t yet found a place to attend,” said Joyce E. Smith, NACAC’s CEO.

Many colleges accept applications well after May 1, National College Decision Day, as a matter of policy, while others will continue to have openings available due to fluctuations that occur each year in the college application process. Due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, many colleges that typically follow the May 1 schedule have postponed their reply deadlines to June 1.

Both public and private colleges and universities are listed on the update, which will remain on NACAC’s website through July 30. NACAC will conduct more outreach and promotion of the update after June 1, in accordance with the changes in many colleges’ admission timelines. Colleges have been asked to modify their listings as the number of openings at their institutions changes.
Important Links:
•    Search the NACAC College Openings Update
•    FAQ

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 15,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the association's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.

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