In one of the best-kept secrets of college admissions, hundreds of schools — including dozens of well-regarded private colleges and public flagships — re-open their application process in early May, giving students a second chance at getting into a dream school.
The full list of schools still accepting applications is posted early each May by the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
Many of the colleges are still accepting applications because they didn’t quite fill their freshman class by the traditional deadline; May 1 is the day high school seniors are supposed to commit to a college by sending in their deposits.
That doesn’t mean seniors can keep procrastinating, however. Lawrence, for example, says it is only looking for about five additional students. Those extra slots could fill up quickly.
And admissions officers at schools still accepting applicants say they won’t be relaxing their admissions standards. “The applications we receive after May 1 are typically of a little lesser caliber, so there is a greater number of denials,” says Dean Kilgore, assistant vice president for enrollment at Mount Saint Mary’s University in California.
If you’re interested in trying your luck at one of the schools with openings, college admissions counselors say you should contact the college to ask these three questions:
- How do I apply? Taking advantage of the second round of applications can be comparatively easy if you’ve already filled out other college applications, such as the Common Application. You simply add the new school to your list on the Common App and click send. But some schools, such as Lawrence University, require extra essays and questions.
- How much aid is left? Some schools, such as Mount Saint Mary’s, say that late applicants get the same grants and scholarships as those who apply early. Others schools, such as Texas Tech, note that most of their best scholarships have early deadlines, so late applicants could get less aid, and thus pay higher prices.
- Where will I live? Some colleges, such as Suffolk University, say they have room for students in classrooms but not in dorms. So make sure to ask about housing options.
Here are 50 colleges still accepting applications for this fall ranked highly by MONEY for value — a combination of educational quality, affordability and alumni success in the job market. (If a school you are interested in isn’t on this list, ask about other “side door” admissions options such as guaranteed transfer programs from community colleges.)
|Michigan Technological University||90|
|Loyola University Maryland||160|
|Mount Saint Mary’s University||163|
|New Jersey Institute of Technology||178|
|CUNY Baruch College||188|
|University of Arizona||190|
|University of Idaho||198|
|Saint Anselm College||203|
|Saint Mary’s College||203|
|Texas Tech University||209|
|Nebraska Wesleyan University||218|
|North Dakota State University||224|
|Oregon State University||232|
|Colorado State University||250|
|University of Mary Washington||252|
|UMBC – University of Maryland, Baltimore County||267|
|John Carroll University||280|
|Lake Forest College||282|
|Illinois State University||284|
|The Evergreen State College||284|
|Minnesota State University, Mankato||287|
|State University of New York at Fredonia||287|
|Le Moyne College||291|
|Sewanee-The University of the South||312|
|Pacific Lutheran University||313|
|Saint Peter’s University||322|
|University of Kansas||334|
|College of Mount Saint Vincent||336|
|Southern Connecticut State University||336|
|Truman State University||336|
|University of Maine at Farmington||342|