Tuesday, May 07, 2002

Many colleges still have openings

Web site shows what's available in classes, housing, financial aid

By Arlene Levinson
The Associated Press

        Close to 300 colleges and universities are still looking for qualified applicants for the fall semester, according to the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

        A list of the schools became available to the public Monday on the Web site for the association, www.nacac.com.

        Schools can still add themselves to the list, which had 288 institutions Monday.

        The 2002 Space Availability Survey includes a broad range of schools, from large public institutions such as Georgia State University and Colorado State University, to small private campuses such as Oregon College of Art & Craft and Eureka College in Illinois — former President Reagan's alma mater.

        The listing for each school includes a contact person, a link to the school's Web site and information on whether the school still has financial aid and housing available.

        Throughout the spring and summer, schools may be added and their entries updated — for instance, when a school has no more housing or all freshmen spots are taken but transfers are still welcome.

        At this time last year, the survey listed 243 schools with spaces available, a number that grew to 351 by Aug. 1.

        “We always post there (on the Web site) until we officially reach our limit,” Marc Camille, Xavier University's dean of admissions, said Monday. “Right now we're within 25 or 50 students of our freshman enrollment (about 800) for next year.”

        Xavier usually fills all the slots for the incoming freshman class by mid-May, Mr. Camille said. Some colleges rely more on the Web site for recruitment, he said.

        “There are a lot of colleges that will be accepting students throughout the summer,” he said.

        While colleges impose a variety of deadlines for applying, most typically make May 1 the date by which students they've accepted must declare whether they intend to enroll come fall.

        But that doesn't end the admissions process.

        Some high school seniors make the decision late in the year that they want to attend college, and consequently get a late start applying. Others who have been admitted to schools change their minds about the college they planned to attend.

        Marquette University in Milwaukee offers rolling admissions, meaning it has no absolute deadline and considers applicants until its class is full.

        By late last week, the school had 1,755 confirmed students.

        Some of them will inevitably change their minds, and the school would like around 1,900 confirmations, so it is still seeking applicants, said Robert Blust, dean of admissions at the private, Roman Catholic school.

       Enquirer reporter William A. Weathers contributed.


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