By John Raftrey And Lori McCormick
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About this blog: We are writing this blog to give practical advice to students and parents, to reflect on issues affecting college admissions, and to provide a platform for a robust community discussion on post-secondary choices. We occasionally f... (More)
About this blog: We are writing this blog to give practical advice to students and parents, to reflect on issues affecting college admissions, and to provide a platform for a robust community discussion on post-secondary choices. We occasionally feature "guest? bloggers and invite other college counselors to join the blog team. We are members of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and the Western Association for College Admissions Counseling (WACAC).
Lori McCormick: I began my college advising career in 2006 at Notre Dame de Namur in Transfer Admissions. Since then, I have worked at San Jose State in the Career Center, for a local independent college advising firm, and for BUILD a college access program for underrepresented youth. I graduated with a BA in Sociology from UCSB and a MA in Psychology with a concentration in Career Counseling from Antioch University. I am an active volunteer with The Parent?s Club of the Peninsula (PAMP), the Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC) and I am a seasonal application reader for the Maisin Scholar Award
. I reside in Palo Alto with my husband and two sons.
John Raftrey: I have been advising students for the last three admission cycles. I regularly attend conferences, tour colleges, and keep up with the changing landscape of college admissions. I'll share what I learn and throw in a few opinions along the way. I moved to Palo Alto in 1991. My three sons are all veterans of PAUSD and graduated from Paly. I graduated from the University of Michigan, earned an MBA at Columbia University and hold a certificate in College Counseling from UC San Diego. In my past life I worked in TV news and high tech marketing. (Hide)
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(Written by Lori McCormick)
Did you apply to college and are not satisfied with your outcomes?
Did you have a change of heart and decide you want to apply to college but you thought it was too late?
Well, you are in luck!
For the past 33 years, the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) posts a College Openings Update
. This is an online search tool that lists colleges still accepting applications. The list is extensive and will continue to grow as student's decisions shift from being on the waitlist to accepting a spot at their respective campus of choice.
Continue to check NACAC's site for updates. As of now, hundreds of colleges are listed.
For example, on NACAC's site, when searching California, there are currently 17 colleges still accepting applications from qualified students. These are colleges that are in addition to the California Community Colleges
that comprise 115 campuses across the state and serves 2.1 million students annually.
It is never too late to think about post-secondary plans. Whether that be a traditional 4-year Bachelor's degree, a 2-year Associate's degree, or a certificate in a trade, your future is yours to decide.