May 1st has historically been the day that college admissions have the best idea of who will make up their freshman classes. This is still traditionally true for elite private institutions and some public universities.
Still, according to a recent article from Inside Higher Ed, there remains another group of schools, generally private schools without massive endowments, that have not filled their freshman class. In some cases, they are trying post-May 1 tactics to fill their class, and not just to persuade admitted students to enroll, but actually seeking out new applicants for the fall.
This gives college-bound students a unique opportunity since some of these schools are making moves to attract more students. For example, the University of the South announced that it’d be discounting tuition, fees and room and board by 10%, which definitely increased the number of deposits it received this year.
A lot of these schools also depend on the “melt” from other schools’ waiting lists. And if you’ve read our earlier blog post about waiting lists, that melt could be a significant number of students! Just the waiting list at Duke University included 3,382 applicants. That means the chances of getting into schools off the waiting list their currently on is very slim. Why not go to a school that really wants and needs you?
Here are some colleges that still have availability for the fall:
Here’s the complete list of schools that have not yet filled their freshman classes yet.
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