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Not All College Freshman Classes Are Filled Yet

Categories: College Life

scattergramMay 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:

Augustana College

Eureka College

Green Mountain College

Hofstra University

Marymount Manhattan College

University of Tampa

Wilson College

Here’s the complete list of schools that have not yet filled their freshman classes yet.

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3 Ways to Avoid Biting Off Your Nails while Waiting for Your College Admissions Letter

nailbiterIt’s March, and that means that Spring is on the horizon.  It also means that college admissions officers are making their final decisions, sealing the envelopes and getting them ready to head off to all of the eagerly awaiting applicants any time now.

On the home front, you’re probably going a little crazy inside.  After all, you’ve spent half of your high school career trying to figure out how to get into college, how to score higher on the ACT or SAT, and how to write the perfect college essay.

Your nerves could eat you alive as you refresh your admissions status on your college of choice’s website.  So, instead of biting your nails down so low you can’t even open a can of Coke, take our words of wisdom on how to handle the wait for your college admissions letter .

1. Get a hobby.
Most high schoolers have access to tons of extra curricular activities.  If you’re already involved in something, maybe it’s the musical, the mathletes or lacrosse–whatever it is–pump up your involvement.  Make a goal for yourself to improve in something. Challenge yourself to sustain a note longer, do harder math in your head or run a quicker mile.  That way, your mind will be less focused on your admissions letter and more about how you can achieve what’s actually in your control at that moment.

If you’re not involved with an after school activity, make your own.  There’s one resource most every high school has no matter what and that’s students. Join up with friends who have the same interest as you and form your own club.  As long as you’re involved in something that piques your interest, your nerves will have the chance to relax while you await the college’s decision.

2. Treat yourself.
Treat yourself to something that you don’t usually allow yourself but has proven to relax you.  Perhaps it’s an extra hour of television, a box of chocolates, or a massage.  With the stress of high school and the college search, so many students barely have enough time to just sit down and relax.  Allot some time for yourself to do what eases your mind.  For some people it might be getting in exercise during a time when you usually force yourself to sit at your desk to do homework.  For others, it’s just allowing some time to veg out.  Either way, give yourself a little relaxation during the week if you find yourself freaking out about your college acceptance letter.

3. Plan your spring break.
No matter what you’re doing over spring break, you can focus your nervous energy on planning it out day by day.  If you’re heading to an exotic destination, do some research to find out which tourist attractions most excite you–snorkeling, ropes course or beachside yoga class.  If you’re staying put during spring day, plan out some things you’ve been meaning to do for a while but haven’t had the time–clean out your closet, visit that museum you’ve always wanted to explore.  Wherever you go, planning a detailed schedule for spring break will most definitely give you something fun to do while keeping your mind off of that admissions letter.