The National Association for College Admission Counseling’s annual “College Openings Update” -- formerly known as the "NACAC Space Availability Survey" -- is now live. More than 250 four-year colleges and universities still have space available for qualified freshman and/or transfer students. The list also includes information about financial aid and housing availability.
University of Florida
Laura Stewart, our March Counselor of the Month, had both a unique opportunity and challenge when she joined the college counseling program at Ensworth School, an independent college preparatory high school in Nashville, Tennessee. For 46 years -- since 1958 -- the school had served only elementary and middle school students. Then, in August, 2004, Ensworth added grades 9 through 12, opening the new 127-acre Devon Farm campus one month after Stewart joined the school as Assistant Director of College Counseling.
Over the next five years, Stewart rose to become Director of College Counseling -- in 2009, one year after Ensworth School graduated its first senior class. As a result, she has had the opportunity to participate in building a counseling program where there were no preconceived ideas. As Director, she has been able to establish policies and procedures that reflect a philosophy with her own creative stamp and then watch the program grow. "It's hard for me to imagine being anywhere else because I've been so fortunate to get to do what I want," says Stewart.
The annual NACAC Space Availability Survey is now live. At least 375 four-year colleges and universities still have space available for qualified freshman and/or transfer students. The list also includes information about financial aid and housing availability. Seventy percent of the colleges reporting space availability for fall 2012 are private, and 30 percent are public. Among the 375 schools with seats still available are Villanova, Agnes Scott, Chapman, Pace, Seton Hall, Washington & Jefferson, University of Iowa and University of Florida. And because the survey is voluntary, schools may be added over the next weeks. The survey will remain active on the NACAC website until June 29, 2011. A school's presence on the list implies only space availability. Students must contact the individual colleges directly for application information and admission is contingent upon each school's review of the student's information.