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Hundreds of colleges and universities have openings for freshmen

So you didn’t get into the first, second or third college of your choice.

No worries, say a chorus of admissions officers. There are still plenty of slots in respected colleges and universities three weeks after the May 1 deadline for students to accept offers from selective schools.

The National Association for College Admission and Counseling keeps a rolling list of schools that advertise openings for incoming freshmen or transfer students. As of Wednesday, there were 405 domestic colleges and universities with openings for freshmen.

Want to go to a big public university? Arizona State University, Colorado State University and the University of Oregon say they have openings. A small private college? There appears to be room at Alma College in Michigan, Cornell College in Iowa (known for offering one course at a time, every 18 days, and unrelated to Cornell University in New York) and Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

In the nation’s capital, Catholic University and Trinity Washington University advertise openings.

In Maryland, the list includes Frostburg State University (public, western Maryland); Loyola University Maryland (private, Catholic, Baltimore); Mount St. Mary’s University (private, Catholic, Emmitsburg); St. Mary’s College of Maryland (public, southern Maryland); Stevenson University (private, Baltimore County); and the University of Maryland Baltimore County (public).

Virginia’s listed four-year schools are Hollins University (private women’s school in Roanoke), Lynchburg College (private, Lynchburg), Radford University (public, Radford), Randolph College (private, Lynchburg), Shenandoah University (private, Winchester), Sweet Briar College (private women’s school in Amherst County) and the University of Mary Washington (public, Fredericksburg).

In recent years, many schools scrambled to fill seats in part because of a decline in the annual number of high school graduates. But a report this month from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center showed an uptick in spring enrollment at private and public four-year colleges.

Nick Anderson covers higher education for The Washington Post. He has been a writer and editor at The Post since 2005.



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