These Colleges Are Still Accepting Applications


The college admissions season is not over, believe it or not. Yes, the traditional admissions season is over, but there's a lot of application time available for those who may still be looking for a college to enter this fall. Why would someone be looking to submit college applications at this late date?

There are a number of reasons. First, you may have had an unfortunately unsuccessful set of application results during the traditional application period. Or perhaps the schools to which you were accepted now seem less than appealing to you. Another possibility is insufficient financial aid. If you’re smart, you won’t choose to go into heavy debt just for the sake of a “dream” college. Finally, you may be a nontraditional student, someone who is not a high school senior, perhaps a recently discharged military veteran, who needs to take some time considering your options for a college this fall.

Also, you may, in fact, have a nice selection of acceptances but still want to explore your possibilities for geographical location, specialized curricula or some other reason. There’s no hard and fast law that says you need to have all your decisions in hand and be ready to make an enrollment choice by May 1. The richness of America’s many thousands of institutions of higher learning provides you with options.

If you are one of those in the above circumstances, or even in another situation looking for additional colleges, there’s a truly convenient resource for you to use: The College Board’s BigFuture listing of schools with late application deadlines. The introduction tells us:

Many regular college application deadlines fall in January. But if you missed those deadlines, it’s not too late to apply to a college and enroll next fall.

The list below shows colleges with application deadlines of January 15 or later. It includes colleges that use a rolling admission method. That means they have a long window of time to apply, and they respond to applications as they get them instead of waiting till all applications are in.

Click on the college’s name to see its profile in College Search and learn more about its application requirements.

Note: The colleges gave us the information below — but deadlines can change. To make sure you have the most up-to-date information for a college, visit its website or contact its admission department.

To give you a taste, I have excerpted some of these schools from the BigFuture listings, sampling them in chronological order of their application deadlines. Go to the BigFuture site to see the entire comprehensive list, which can be a little overwhelming at first glance. I'll start with some schools that have mid-April deadlines, since we're still in early April.

My list of excerpts isn't even 50 percent of the BigFuture list. Thus, your options are plentiful!


April 15

Bastyr University

Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

Methodist College

Morgan State University

New College of Florida

Salem State University

University of South Florida: Saint Petersburg

April 30

Berea College

Simon Fraser University

University of the Virgin Islands

May 1

Aurora University

Austin College

Baptist College of Health Sciences

Bard College at Simon's Rock

Bridgewater College

California State Polytechnic University: Pomona

Canisius College

Capital University

Carroll College

Clemson University

College of Saint Rose

Delaware Valley University

Florida Atlantic University

Florida Gulf Coast University

Georgia Southern University ...

May 31

Al Akhawayn University

American Jewish University

City University of New York: John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Kean University

Norfolk State University

University of Nevada: Reno

June 1

Auburn University

Augusta University

Azusa Pacific University

Central Connecticut State University

Clark Atlanta University

Columbia University: School of General Studies

Georgia Gwinnett College

Grace Bible College

Haskell Indian Nations University

Hendrix College

Jacksonville University

Johnson University

Keystone College

Lubbock Christian University ...

June 15

Mercy College of Health Sciences

Metropolitan State University

Patrick Henry College

University of Alaska Anchorage

Valdosta State University

June 30

Art Academy of Cincinnati

Columbus State University

Elizabeth City State University

Medical University of South Carolina

Presbyterian College

St. Luke's College

University of the Sacred Heart

University of West Florida

Virginia Union University

Visible Music College

July 1

Adventist University of Health Sciences

Albany State University

Anderson University

Bethany Lutheran College

Central Michigan University

Cincinnati Christian University

College for Creative Studies

Concordia University

Dalton State College

Dillard University

Dominican University

Duquesne University

Fayetteville State University

Heritage Christian University

High Point University

Iowa State University ...

July 15

Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University

Black Hills State University

Bowling Green State University

Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary

College of Idaho

Coppin State University

Dallas Christian College

Divine Word College

Fort Valley State University

Henderson State University

Montana Bible College

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

Savannah State University ...

July 31

Alabama State University

Allen University

Conception Seminary College

Dordt College

Fresno Pacific University

Lebanese American University

Louisiana Tech University

O'More College of Design

Saint Martin's University

South Carolina State University

University of Greenwich

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

University of Texas at El Paso

August 1

Alfred University

Allen College

American Baptist College

Auburn University at Montgomery

Augsburg College

Belmont Abbey College

Belmont University

Bethel College

Bloomfield College

Bob Jones University

Boise Bible College

Brewton-Parker College

Carson-Newman University

Centenary College of Louisiana

Central Methodist University

Chatham University

Claflin University

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Coastal Carolina University

Coker College

Colorado State University: Pueblo

Columbia International University

Concordia University ...

August 15

Alaska Pacific University

Arizona Christian University

Ball State University

Baptist College of Florida

Bellarmine University

Beth Medrash Govoha

Bethel College

Bluffton University

Bradley University

Calvin College

Central Baptist College

Central College

Cleveland State University

College of St. Elizabeth

Columbia College

Concordia University Wisconsin

Cornerstone University

Cornish College of the Arts

Crossroads College

East Texas Baptist University

Eastern Illinois University ...

August 31

Bluefield College

California State University: East Bay

York College

As they say, "Better late than never!"