Space, housing, financial aid still available at colleges and universities

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The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) recently published the results of its 24th annual "Space Availability Survey: Openings for Qualified Students," which found that at least 279 colleges and universities still have space available for qualified freshmen and/or transfer students. All of the schools have financial aid to offer, and 97 percent have housing space available.

This represents a significant increase from the 2010 survey, which found that 240 colleges and universities had space available during the same time period.

The survey, which is designed to help counselors, parents, and teachers assist students who haven't yet completed the college admission process, queries NACAC member four-year colleges and universities on their availability of space, financial aid, and housing as of May 1, 2011. Applicants who have been accepted by colleges and universities have until May 1 of each year to accept their admission offers, so colleges and universities are able to assess their availability for additional applications after May 1.

The information will remain on NACAC's Web site through July 1, 2011, and respondents have been asked to update their listings as their availability changes.

The survey is voluntary, and the population of potential respondents is limited to the approximately 1,200 U.S. NACAC member four-year colleges, leaving about 1,000 U.S. four-colleges not included.

Among the survey respondents, 29 percent are public colleges and 71 percent are private colleges. They represent 44 states plus Washington, D.C., as well as five countries. A total of 12 international colleges are represented. Community colleges are not included in the survey.

"It is important for students and their counselors to know that many quality institutions still have both space and financial aid available for those who have not yet completed the college admission process," NACAC CEO Joyce Smith said in a statement. "NACAC is proud to provide this service each year for students and their families."