colGreetings Seniors and Families

(Also -Information for Juniors about Rolling Admissions)

There are several reasons why students/parents may still be Googling or searching the Common App database for colleges that are still allowing students to submit college applications at this late date.  Let’s discuss those reasons and then talk about where you can still submit additional applications.

Whether you procrastinated (overwhelmed), or perhaps weren’t well-informed, or maybe you weren’t sure you had the grades to apply to a four-year college, or – you simply  waited until now to decide to apply– Don’t worry- I got you covered!  Click to connect with College Advisor Bonnie Rabin, PhD

Other perhaps there’s a more productive explanation – perhaps you were in shock/denial after your Early Decision deferral and the reality has sunk in- you need other options.  (click to view –COLLEGE ADMISSIONS – EARLY DECISION COLLEGE APPLICATIONS – YOU’VE BEEN DEFERRED– NOW WHAT?


Applying to an Ivy or Selective College – How were your fall grades?

If your fall grades weren’t as strong as your GPA through your junior year- your college short list has essentially become a list of reach colleges (I know – that’s hard to hear-and you’re likely screaming- “AP Physics C is brutal”).  I’ve been working in college admissions for many decades—and I can tell you without hesitation- if you’re a highly competitive senior applying to highly selective universities and you received “B”s in more challenging AP/IB/AICE courses in the first semester –– this isn’t a favorable component of your college application.  This is particularly true for engineering and STEM applicants where AP Calculus and AP Physics are applicant-weeder courses among college applicants.  If there were personal challenges that require explanation- please connect with me to discuss how to work with your GC to provide some insights into any drastic changes to an otherwise stellar high school record.


Yes, last- but certainly not least—another very valid reason to submit additional college applications might be a financial one.  After completing your FAFSA and CSS Profile -and after careful evaluation, your family would prefer to add some “financial safeties” to the mix—submitting a college application to a university that would more likely offer you an attractive scholarship. Need suggestions- Click to Discuss your situation and review your college applications.

So here we are- it’s January —and maybe you need to add a few colleges to the mix.

HIGH SCHOOL Seniors—There are several Universities Still Accepting College Applications for a spot in the Freshman Class — see my list below!

If you didn’t work with your guidance counselor or seek the assistance of a private college counselor, yes, the process was probably overwhelming and maybe it didn’t even go smoothly.  Many state universities have early preferred deadlines in October and November, many selective campuses have Early Action/Early Decision due dates on that same timeline. The vast majority of colleges have  set January 1 deadlines for submitting regular decision college applications.   I’ve included a list of over 50 colleges that are accepting applications—and there are many more.


Some colleges offer admissions under a “Rolling Admissions” option- offering later deadlines. This gives students access to some awesome universities that may be a great fit for you!  This list grows every year and also during the ongoing pandemic, many previous December 31 due dates did shift to Jan 15– !  

Rolling admissions colleges don’t have a set deadline. You can submit your application anytime as early as July before the start of your senior year of high school and in some cases, as late as May of a student’s senior year (Every year, I hear from a few families sometime in April who DID NOT work with a college advisor and were misled, misinformed and overlooked the need to have  match/safeties on their college list-. After receiving 10+ rejections—they call me for guidance– please avoid being that student!)

Not only is Rolling Admissions unique- but it is downright stress free!  WHY? Because, it’s “rolllllllinggg” and that means you don’t have to wait for a designated date to hear an about your college admissions outcome.  Rolling admissions college applicants are notified of an admissions decision often a few short weeks after the file is complete.

That said, even if you’re a student who does procrastinate- beware, spaces do fill -all colleges have an enrollment capacity for the incoming freshman class.  This isn’t a college admissions option to be used to apply last minute- but in can be a great college application strategy.

Aside from the obvious peace of mind of having an admissions decision in-hand early in the senior year of high school, having that acceptance can reshape the list of colleges.  A student with one solid acceptance at a college may decide to place all their college application energies and time into applying to more selective or reach colleges.

While every student should evaluate their mix of colleges on criteria I’ve discussed many times—academic, social and financial—(click to read more)—the rolling admissions colleges are part of a financial strategy.  Not only can you get a head -start on seeing how your financial aid package might look, but you can re-evaluate financial safeties knowing you have an acceptance in-hand earlier in the college application season.

Current High School Juniors should be evaluating majors and evaluating  universities-perhaps attending virtual campus visits to explore social vibe by zooming with currently enrolling students at remote campus presentations.  It’s the appropriate time to begin working with your guidance counselor or perhaps reach out to speak with a college expert to provide more personalize one-on-one attention throughout the college application and college admissions process. Click to schedule your College Admissions Assessment with College Advisor Bonnie Rabin, PhD.

Whether you’re a senior considering adding additional colleges, deferred early decision or early action, or second-guessing the universities you’ve already submitted your college application to- there’s time remaining to apply to additional colleges.

Below, I’ve included a sample of colleges that continue to accept  applications including universities with rolling admissions policies.

Have a great start to the spring semester!  You’ll also find a list of Rolling Admissions Colleges


Bonnie R. Rabin, PhD Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D. 561.509.0021  or 833.MY.ESSAY College Advisor: South Florida, Denver, Metro NYC and Anywhere You Are Educational and College Admissions Consultant Professor Emeritus Cornell University Alumni Representative  


Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, Rose Hulman, Cornell, U. Michigan, Northwestern, Georgia Tech, University of North Carolina, Vassar, Bowdoin, Wellesley, Emory, U.Illinois, Notre Dame, NYU, Rice, University of Chicago, Washington University (WUSTL), Drexel, Tulane, Brown, Purdue, Swarthmore, SCAD, Ohio, Georgetown, Hamilton, Reed, Miami, Johns Hopkins, University of Florida, University of Arizona, Penn State, Villanova, Northeastern, SUNY-ESF, St. Johns, Embry-Riddle, Colgate, Fordham, Columbia, Barnard, Syracuse, Swarthmore, Pittsburgh, Dickinson, Colorado, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Howard, Fordham, SUNY Stonybrook, Duke, Case Western, Rochester Institute of Technology, Parsons, Virginia Tech, Boston U., Hobart & William Smith, Claremont Mckenna, Davidson, Westpoint, Gettysburg, Amherst, Temple, Denison, Howard, UT Austin, SUNY-Binghamton, Hamilton, George Washington, American, Indiana, SMU, James Madison, UF, and many more! University of Florida and many more


Whether you’re a STEM, Business, Humanities, Arts or Undecided student — Here’s a Sample of Colleges Seniors Can Apply to at this time.

These colleges are still accepting Applications!

 Harvey Mudd College
 Claremont McKenna College
 The George Washington University
 University of Pennsylvania
 University of Rochester
 Boston University
 Cooper Union
 Bentley University
 Davidson College
 Elon University
 American University
 Bennington College
 Bryn Mawr College
 Bucknell University
 Carleton College
 Case Western Reserve University
 Clark University
 Clarkson University
 Colgate University
 Colorado College
 Denison University
 Dickinson College
 Drexel University
 Emerson College
 George Mason University
 Gettysburg College
 Haverford College
 Loyola Marymount University
 Macalester College
 Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences
 Pepperdine University
 Purdue University
 Reed College
 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
 Rhodes College
 Rochester Institute of Technology
 Skidmore College
 Smith College
 SUNY Binghamton University
 SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
 SUNY Stony Brook University
 The Catholic University of America
 The New School
 Tulane University
 Union College
 University of Colorado Boulder
 University of Connecticut
 University of Delaware
 University of Denver
 University of Illinois at Chicago
 University of Massachusetts Amherst
 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
 University of Oregon
 University of Southern California
 University of Vermont
 Villanova University
 Wabash College
 Wellesley College
 SUNY Maritime College
 Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
 Colorado State University
 Hobart and William Smith Colleges
 Hollins University
 Indiana University Bloomington
 Ithaca College
 Marist College
 Morehouse College
 Muhlenberg College
 Nova Southeastern University
 Rhode Island School of Design
 Rose‐Hulman Institute of Technology
 SUNY University at Buffalo
 SUNY, University at Albany
 Susquehanna University
 University of Wisconsin‐Madison
 Worcester Polytechnic Institute
 CUNY Baruch College
 CUNY Queens College
 List College The Jewish Theological Seminary
 Allegheny College
 Howard University
 Suffolk University
 Florida Gulf Coast University
 Florida Polytechnic University
 Alfred University
 Pace University

These Colleges are some I recommend to students of all majors– ROLLING ADMISSIONS -!

Adelphi University
Arizona State University
CUNY Brooklyn College
CUNY Hunter College
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Institute of Technology
Hartwick College
Hofstra University
Le Moyne College
Long Island University
Marquette University
New College of Florida
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Niagara University
Savannah College of Art and Design
St. John Fisher College
St. John’s University (NY)
SUNY New Paltz
SUNY Oswego
SUNY Plattsburgh
Temple University
The Culinary Institute of America (NY)
The Evergreen State College
The University of Arizona
University of Central Florida
University of Maine
University of North Florida
University of Northern Colorado
University of Pittsburgh
University of Tampa
Utica College
Valparaiso University
Wesleyan College
Wilkes Honors College of FAU
Xavier University