NACAC College Openings Update: Space, Financial Aid, and Housing Still Available for Fall 2018

Shanda Ivory

Kristen Garman

Arlington, VA (May 3, 2018) — More than 420 colleges and universities still have openings, financial aid, and housing available to qualified freshman and/or transfer students for the Fall 2018 semester, according to the annual College Openings Update released this morning by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).
Now in its 31st year, the update is a tool for counselors, parents, and teachers to assist students who have not yet completed the college application and admission process. In cases where well-qualified students may not have applied to a range of institutions, or may have been turned down by all schools to which they applied, the update provides an opportunity to be accepted by competitive institutions and to obtain financial aid and housing.
“Students and families should know that admission is an ongoing process for many institutions,” said Joyce Smith, NACAC’s CEO. “Some colleges will continue to have openings available even after the May 1 national response deadline.”

This service has proven to be a “win-win” for students and postsecondary institutions, she noted.

“Some colleges and universities face the challenge of predicting their yield from admission offers extended to students, and they may find openings in their incoming freshman class for deserving students if their predictions are slightly off,” Smith said. “This opens up opportunities for students seeking a great match after May 1.”

Both public and private colleges and universities are listed on the update, which will remain on NACAC’s website through July 2. Colleges have been asked to modify their listings as the number of openings at their institutions changes.
Media note: College Openings Update is a bulletin board that allows students and colleges to find potential matches during the spring prior to fall enrollment. Some colleges accept applications well after May 1 as a matter of policy, while others have openings available due to fluctuations that occur each year in the college application process.

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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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