May 1st has come and gone. Admissions letters have been received — to cheers or disappointment, financial aid offers have been weighed, decisions have been faced, deposits have been made. For many students, the college admissions process is over. It’s time now to transition from being a college applicant to being a college freshman. It’s time to settle in for the ride.
But what if your student isn’t ready to settle in? What if he’s just discovered a new college that he hadn’t considered before? What if last fall, when everyone else was applying to college, he didn’t think he wanted to go, but now he’s finally ready for the college experience? Is it too late? Is it all over until next year?
Although it may feel as though the process is done now for the year, it may not be too late to apply to college. Many colleges still have openings and are willing — even anxious — to hear from your student. We’ve written an earlier post that we recommend for parents who may have students who are having those second thoughts. Read When Is It Too Late to Apply to College?
You, and your student, may be excited to learn that there are still many colleges who will consider applications at this late date.
We’d also recommend that you check out the new survey just released by the National Association for College Admission Counseling which lists all colleges still accepting applications. The list contains well over 300 colleges still accepting applications for both first year and transfer students. Many institutions still have financial aid and housing available. Students interested in applying will need to contact the college directly to discuss the admissions process. The survey will remain available until the end of June 2012.
If your student has missed the opportunity to apply to the college she believes will be the right one for her, talk to her about her thinking and her hopes for the college experience. Help her realize that, although her timetable may be different, it may not be too late for her to chase her dream. Encourage her to consider what options might still be available to her — even at this seemingly late date. It may not be too late yet for your student to have the college experience she hopes for.