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Are you staring at your screen wondering why you didn’t get your act together quicker and apply for college when all of your friends were? Are you wondering why you let your classes and clubs and bae get in the way of your future? You’re not alone, and more importantly, it’s not too late. Although many schools had January 1 deadlines, many also accept applications through the end of January or have rolling admissions until they are satisfied with their incoming freshman class size. Here is a list of some of the colleges that are still accepting freshman applications:
The University of Tulsa began as Henry Kendall College in 1882. The school is named the greenest university in Oklahoma and powers its Case Tennis Center through rooftop solar panels. Students and employees at the University of Tulsa volunteered more than 70,000 community service hours last year through the True Blue Neighbors program.
The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related research university, founded as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787. Pitt researchers led by Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine in 1955. Pitt surgeons have performed 17,000+ organ transplants, making Pittsburgh the world’s transplantation capital. The first heavier-than-air powered aircraft to make a sustained flight was created by Pitt astronomer Samuel Langley.
Penn State is ranked No. 8 (tied) for the best online bachelor’s programs in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “Best Online Programs.” Penn State began offering systematic advanced-degree work in 1922 with the formation of the Graduate School. A college of medicine and teaching hospital were established in 1967 with a $50 million gift from the charitable trusts of renowned chocolate magnate Milton S. Hershey (yes, the same guy who you can thank for Hershey Park).
SUNY University at Buffalo prides itself on being a research-intensive public university. UB is the largest and most comprehensive campus of all sixty four state campuses with about 20,000 undergraduate students and close to 10,000 professional and graduate students. University at Buffalo cares not only about research (the school spends almost $400 million on research every year), but international students. As their site reads, “For the past 12 years, UB has been among the top 25 US institutions enrolling the largest number of international students. UB partners with 85 leading universities around the world and sends more than 600 students abroad each year.”
The University of Michigan has one of the largest alumni networks in the world with over 675,000 U-M grads still living. University of Michigan requires supplemental essays (but don’t worry, we have a guide). If you’re a Michigan resident with a family income of less than $65,000 and are admitted to the university, U-M will cover your tuition for four years of undergraduate study on their Ann Arbor campus.
The UW Marching Band is nationally famous for its Fifth Quarter, a celebration that takes place after UW football games. Win or lose, Badger fans sing, dance, and cheer while the band plays traditional favorites such as “On, Wisconsin,” “Varsity,” and “You’ve Said It All” (the Bud song). Vitamin A and B were discovered at the University of Wisconsin in 1914. UW–Madison has a $12.4 billion annual impact on Wisconsin’s economy that helps support 128,146 jobs across the state.
Every year, students at Indiana University dance for 36 hours straight during the IU Dance Marathon to benefit Riley Children’s Hospital. To date, they’ve raised more than $24 million. Indiana University graduates have received awards such as Tonys, Oscars, Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, Emmys, Grammys, Olympic medals, Guggenheims, and Fulbrights.
Salve Regina has 51 buildings on 80 acres in the heart of Newport’s Bellevue Avenue Historic District. Salve Regina accepts the Common App, for which we made an essay prompt guide. The University enrolls more than 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world. Salve Regina’s diverse range of academic programs is complemented by community service initiatives and a range of extracurricular activities.
56% of University of Rhode Island students are in-state. URI claims that it is the only public institution in Rhode Island offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students the distinctive educational opportunities of a major research university. There are more than 120 student organizations at URI—from cycling and sailing to slam poetry and meditation.
Drake University is a mid-sized, private university in Des Moines, Iowa. Drake enrolls more than 3,300 undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students from 40 states and more than 40 countries. These students choose from more than 70 majors, minors, and concentrations and 20 graduate degrees offered through six colleges and schools.
The Association of Campus entertainment hosts blockbuster and throwback films throughout the year at the Southern Cinema. FSC has a Fair-well Festival every year complete with food, rides, novelties, and music. Florida Southern College students are able to take a break from study stress to enjoy late-night breakfasts (9-11 PM) during Finals Week in the Fall and Spring. 94% of FSC students live on-campus.
Chicago State University opened its doors as a teacher training school in a leaky railroad freight car in Blue Island, Illinois on September 2, 1867. Today, in contrast, the university is a fully accredited public, urban institution located on 161-picturesque acres in a residential community on the Southside of Chicago. The university’s five colleges- Health Sciences, Arts and Science, Business, Education, and Pharmacy – offer 38 undergraduate and 30 graduate degree-granting programs.
Bradley University, originally named The Bradley Polytechnic Institute, was founded by philanthropist, Lydia Moss Bradley, in 1897. Bradley sought to open a university that developed well-rounded, productive citizens. This institution of higher education, located in Peoria, Illinois, offers more than 185 academic programs.
Baylor University is the oldest continuously operating university in Texas, established in 1845, and a Nationally Ranked Research I Institution. Baylor is one of the select ten percent of universities with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the United States’ oldest scholastic honor society.
Butler University is located in Indianapolis, one of the Midwest’s largest hubs, in which students are given real-world opportunities through interning at global brands right next to campus. Thanks to its student-centered education, ninety-nine percent of Butler graduates have a job or enter graduate school within six months of graduation.
Colorado State University is located just outside of the Rocky Mountains, in Fort Collins, one of the most sustainable cities in the country, where students have the opportunity to both explore some of the world’s greatest landforms, and enjoy Division 1 athletics, as well. The university is recognized for its renewable approach in engine technology and biotechnology.
DePaul University provides a unique university experience, as the City of Chicago acts as the campus for students. Students can take full advantage of thousands of top-rated internships, granting connections for career opportunities. 97% of all classes are taught by faculty members as opposed to teaching assistants, guaranteeing a student-focused environment. In addition to the countless educational opportunities, DePaul has fifteen Division 1 athletic teams.
DePauw University is a fully residential liberal arts university, meaning that students have collaborative experiences with faculty and peers, providing the opportunity for lifelong connections that prosper beyond graduation. DePauw has an interdisciplinary approach, granting students experience beyond the classroom through various community service opportunities. Ranked #4 in the nation for study abroad, the university focuses on cultural opportunities that shape the passions of its students.