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Colleges Still Accepting Applications for Fall 2015

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It’s human nature to procrastinate. We’ve all done it at some point or another. When it comes to college, procrastination can come back to haunt you, but we’re here to help.

Decision Day is almost here and some of us have yet to decide where we’re headed. Maybe you didn’t think you wanted to go to college this fall but changed your mind. Perhaps you didn’t get into your first-choice schools. Or maybe you just decided the schools you’d applied to weren’t a good fit for you.

Whatever your situation is, here are some colleges that are still accepting applications for fall 2015.

Concordia University Portland
This Oregon school gives preference to applications received before May 1, but will admit qualified students on a rolling basis after that date.

University of the District of Columbia
The priority deadline for this D.C. school is May 15, but students may be admitted on a case-by-case basis after that date.

South Carolina State University
Want to head to college in the the Palmetto State? You’re running out of time, so get moving – applications need to be in by May 31 for the fall semester.

Indiana State University
Applicants have until June 1 to get their materials into ISU for consideration.

Kettering University
Kettering applicants need to have their applications in by June 15.

Northeastern Illinois University
Late applicants rejoice – here’s an affordable school that also accepts applications until pretty late in the game. NEIU takes applications up until July 1 for both graduate and undergrad programs, meaning you’ve still got some time to perfect your application before you send it off.

Pennsylvania College of Technology
This school also offers late applicants a chance to get their materials in by July 1.

University of Texas at Dallas
This is another great school for late deciders. UT Dallas accepts applications through July 1 for the fall term, but the late application deadline extends all the way through August 1.

University of Nevada Las Vegas
Have you decided you want to go to school in a town that’s in the middle of some serious action? UNLV accepts applications through July 1.

Dominican University
Students who want to attend this college just outside of Chicago have until July 1 to get their application submitted.

Southern University at New Orleans
Dream of going to school in this historic city? You have until July 1 to submit your application.

Northern Kentucky University
Applications from students who want to attend NKU need to be in by July 1.

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
While applications should be in by March 1, UW Milwaukee will accept students on a case-by-case basis throughout the spring and summer until the class capacity is full.

California State University San Bernardino
Applicants have until July 1 to submit their applications to this California State school.

Jacksonville University
Jacksonville University has a rolling deadline, meaning there’s no official cutoff date. That doesn’t mean it’ll admit students until the day before class starts, though. Apply as soon as possible for the best chance of getting in.

Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Clarion accepts students on a rolling admissions basis.

Liberty University
This Virginia college admits pupils on a rolling admissions basis.

Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
Lincoln is another school with a rolling admissions policy, meaning you can turn in an application late in the game.

Randolph College
While the priority deadline has passed, Randolph will admit students on a rolling basis until the class of 2019 is full.

Maryville College
This Tennessee college has a rolling admissions policy.

Hilbert College
Hilbert also has a rolling admissions policy.

Ferris State University
If you hope to attend Ferris State, you’ll need to have your application in at least 30 days before the start of classes.

Delaware Valley College
This school is another that opts for a rolling admissions policy.

If you’re interested in any of these schools add them to your list to learn more. And don’t forget about your local community college either – there are still plenty of colleges still accepting applications for fall 2015.

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Getting Help with College Search: Identifying Your College Dream Team

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officeNavigating the college and financial aid process can be overwhelming. That’s why it is important to identify your College Dream Team.

What is a College Dream Team?

These are the people and resources who are there to help make your college dream a reality. You trust them, they have your best interests in mind, and, most importantly, they believe in you.

Who should be on your College Dream Team?

  • Parent(s)/Guardian(s) – Who better to have on your team than the people who have known you most of your life? Plus, there’s a chance you may need their assistance with choosing a college and figuring out how to pay for it.
  • Teachers – Teachers are a great resource for recommendation letters and reviewing personal statements. Not to mention, all of your teachers went to college, so they will probably have some useful advice!
  • Counselors – Counselors can be some of your biggest resources for navigating the college process. Reach out to your counselor for information on summer programs, recommendation letters, college visits, and local scholarship opportunities. Chances are if your counselor doesn’t know you personally, they won’t know to recommend you for any amazing opportunities they know about.

Connecting with your counselor on Cappex

Connecting with your counselor on Cappex is a great way to recruit them for your College Dream Team. They’ll have a better idea of the colleges and scholarships you’re interested in and be able to send you new opportunities directly.

To send a connection request to your counselor, simply edit your ‘Basic Information’ section of your Cappex Profile. Below your high school name, you’ll see the option to connect with your high school counselor.

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If your counselor has an account on Cappex, you’ll see their name in the drop-down menu. If you don’t see their name, enter their email address to invite them to connect with you on Cappex. You’ll be thankful that you did.

Best of luck on your college journey. Thank you for making Cappex Your College Decision Headquarters!

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Benefits of the Early Decision Application

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It’s deadline time for Early Decision (ED) applications to college. Early Decision is a college admissions process in which high schools students send their application to their preferred college “early” (usually in November) and receive a decision from the college by December. If you know without question which college you want to attend, the Early Decision process might be for you. Consider these additional benefits of an Early Decision application:

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Less stress.

Students accepted through Early Decision can stop stressing about getting into college well before their peers who apply through the traditional process. They will be free to focus on other things for the rest of senior year.

Improves your chance of getting accepted.

Keep in mind the school’s standards and the overall strength of your application are important factors in whether you get accepted- regardless if you choose Early Decision or apply though the traditional process. However, if you apply early you may have a better chance of getting into your college of choice. Typically, early admission rates are higher than regular or overall admission rates for most schools. At some schools, the admission rate can be substantially better for early admission candidates. In fact, of the students who applied early to the University of Pennsylvania, nearly 25 percent were accepted, compared to only 9 percent who were admitted through the regular application process. Currently, about 450 colleges offer some sort of early admission program.

Time to explore other options if you don’t get in.

There’s no doubt you’ll be disappointed if you don’t get accepted into your top-choice school. But the good news is you’ll be left with plenty of time to apply to other schools or explore additional academic or career options. Before you apply via Early Decision, it’s a good idea to create an action plan that outlines what you’ll do if you don’t get in. That way you won’t waste any time getting back on track should you be denied or deferred.

Start becoming familiar with your new school.

Of course you need to keep focused on finishing up your high school studies, but one of the most exciting aspects of Early Decision is that you can start getting acquainted with your college months before you arrive. Whether it’s through social media, a summer internship or an informal chat session with other incoming freshman, you can start to feel like you fit in long before you step on campus. Consider learning about what clubs, sports and special events your college offers and which ones you might want to take part in. You may even have the chance to get advice from upperclassman and ask them questions about campus life. In addition to having more time to get familiar with your school, early admission could improve your chances of landing premium student housing and the most desired on-campus job. Finally, when it comes time to create your class schedule, you may have a better chance of getting the classes you want at the times that suits you best.

Understand early decision policies thoroughly before applying.

As we’ve pointed out, if you know what college you want to attend and you have your academic materials ready, applying early to college offers a slew of advantages. Also, it’s very important to note that early decision applications differ from other accelerated admissions processes in that they are binding. That means the application serves as a contract of sorts and you must enroll in that school if you’re accepted. Also, you can only enroll in one early decision school. But keep in mind that early decision policies vary from school and school, so you need to find out exactly what you’re agreeing to before you click the send button.

Deciding where to go to college is a major decision with life-long implications. It’s important to do your homework and learn all you can about the schools you’re considering. Tour your most desired schools, chat with current students and decide whether the schools are a good fit for your personal and academic needs. Then narrow down your list to your top choice, and if you’re confident you want to be a member of the next freshman class, don’t wait – apply early.

If you’re still looking for your perfect fit college, create your free account on Cappex today!

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