Technically, Spring is already here. Yes it is. And yet, sometimes I have my doubts.
How do we know it is here? Well, beyond the metereological, we know within higher education as deadlines have come and gone for college applications, for MAP dollars from the State of Illinois, and as the May 1 date approaches when many young women and men will hear from the colleges to which they applied. Will they be accepted? Will they be rejected? Will they be wait-listed? What will their financial aid package be at each institution? Will they know enough to bargain for the best deal?
And, in admissions offices all over the country, anxiety is going up and terms like yield and application rate and more are being discussed by employees and Boards of Trustees.
Spring is coming. And this despite hte hashtag on twitter #oopsIforgottoapply to college. And this despite procrastination on the part of young women and men and the pleading on the part of parents. And this despite the fact that many who will go to college in the next few months are not traditional age, not heading out straight from high school. Some are skipping their last year of high school to go to college as early entrants (at, e.g., Shimer College). And others have taken a gap year — or entered the workforce — and are now turnign their attention to college.
Every year, there is a list of colleges and universities that remain open to applications throughout this period. It will be posted later this spring. And yet, knowing that it is not to late — it is never too late — is important now.
So, if you forgot, or were uncertain, or . . . want to apply now just do it. I look forward to knowing more people, like myself, who waited ’til the last minute, and were accepted late. No one can tell that about me now, except you, dear readers.