College Openings Update 2019

Space, Financial Aid, and Housing Are Still Available at More Than 400 Colleges for Fall 2019

Arlington, VA (May 3, 2019) — More than 400 colleges and universities still have openings, financial aid, and housing available to qualified freshman and/or transfer students for the Fall 2019 semester, according to the National Association for College Admission Counseling. 

NACAC’s 32nd Annual College Openings Update, released this morning and available until July 1, is an eagerly anticipated tool that allows students and colleges to find potential matches during the spring prior to fall enrollment. Both public and private colleges are included and the list is continually updated at

Counselors, parents, and teachers can use NACAC’s College Openings Update to assist students who have not yet completed the college application and admission process. In cases where well-qualified students may have been turned down by all schools to which they applied, the update provides an opportunity to be accepted by more institutions and to obtain financial aid and housing for the fall. 

“The recent college bribery scandal may have given students and families the erroneous impression that colleges and universities are impossible to get into,” said Joyce Smith, NACAC’s CEO. “Nothing could be further from the truth. There will always be a few highly selective schools, but students and families should know that admission is an ongoing process for many institutions.”

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. 

“The NACAC College Openings Update is a win-win for students and postsecondary institutions,” Smith said. “For example, some colleges and universities may face challenges in predicting how many students will accept an admission offer. They may find openings in their incoming freshman class for deserving students if their predictions are slightly off. This creates opportunities for students seeking a great match after May 1.”


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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