May 14, 2007
BOSTON—Nearly 160 New England public and independent colleges and universities were still considering additional freshman and/or transfer applications for fall 2007 as of the traditional May 1 college admissions deadline, according to a survey released today by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE).
“Many opportunities remain for New England students who have yet to make a college decision, are wait-listed or were not admitted to the institution of their choice,” said NEBHE President and CEO Evan S. Dobelle.
“We want to relay the message that college readiness and success is the key to the future for every student in New England and the nation. A critical goal of NEBHE’s College Ready New England initiative is to expand the number of New Englanders who attend either a two- or four-year college,” said Dobelle.
“Making a decision to further one’s education and committing to succeed can be a challenge, but the payoff is enormous,” Dobelle added.
NEBHE polled 221 colleges and universities throughout New England to determine which institutions were willing to consider, as of May 1, 2007, additional freshman and/or transfer applications for fall 2007 admission.
Among the key survey findings:
- Nearly 68 percent of the 212 New England colleges responding to the survey —143 campuses — still had fall 2007 openings for qualified freshman and transfer applicants as of the traditional May 1 deadline.
- 53 New England colleges surveyed were closed to both freshman and transfer applicants as of May 1.
- 13 colleges surveyed reported openings for transfer students only.
- 97% of the colleges reporting openings indicated that financial aid was still available to qualified applicants as of May 1.
As in previous years, many community college programs in high-demand allied health fields, including nursing, radiological technology and dental hygiene, were full to capacity and closed to new applicants.
The New England institutions willing to consider additional freshman and/or transfer applications as of May 1 include:
- 72 private four-year colleges and universities
- 28 public four-year colleges and universities
- 14 private two-year colleges
- 43 public community colleges, which generally offer admissions on a “rolling basis,” as part of their missions
NEBHE officials urge prospective college students to apply to campuses with openings as soon as possible because available slots may be limited. In addition, certain programs at these “open” institutions may be closed. Students are advised NOT to reapply to any colleges where their applications have already been rejected. Most colleges indicated that limited on-campus housing was available for additional new students as of May 1.
Survey results are available online and from NEBHE, 45 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111. Phone: 617.357.9620, ext. 125.
About the New England Student Vacancy Survey
NEBHE has surveyed New England higher education institutions every year since 1960 as a public service to college-bound New England residents and as a measure of college application trends. This year’s survey garnered a 96 percent response.