NACAC's College Openings Update for Fall 2021

Shanda Ivory

NACAC's College Openings Update for Fall 2021


Arlington, VA (April 22, 2021) – The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) today released the NACAC College Openings Update for Fall 2021. Now in its 34th year, this popular resource provides counselors, teachers, and families with a list of colleges and universities that are still accepting applications from qualified first-year and transfer students. In addition, the update indicates if the institutions still have financial aid or housing available.

New this year: The College Openings Update also indicates whether colleges have extended their reply deadlines beyond May 1, which, for many colleges, is the usual deadline for students to accept or decline an offer to enroll.

The NACAC College Openings Update provides options and assurances for students who have not yet found a college to attend this fall,” said Melissa E. Clinedinst, director of research and grants. “Because of the extraordinary disruptions of the past year, many terrific institutions are still seeking students for fall enrollment. Seeing this resource may help ease the college application stress that many students are experiencing.”

The NACAC College Openings Update is usually released after May 1, National College Decision Day, but because of high demand, the association is offering the update almost two weeks earlier this year. Both public and private institutions are listed.

Many colleges accept applications well after May 1 as a matter of policy, while others will continue to have openings available due to fluctuations that occur each year in the college admission process. The College Openings Update will continue to be updated as institutions submit information. Colleges will modify their information as availability changes. The update will remain on NACAC’s website through the end of July.

A fact sheet will be released in early May when we expect that additional colleges will have joined the list. More than 770 institutions were listed in last year’s update.

To search the NACAC 2021 College Openings Update, go to



The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 23,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education.

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