S.F. of Syosset, NY writes:

My son, who graduated high school last week, has yet to apply to college. Is it too late to get into college for fall 2010?

The College Whisperer replies:

While last minute applications are frowned upon, and often mean forgoing a college of first, or even second choice, there are literally hundreds -- yes, hundreds -- of top-ranked colleges and universities still accepting applications for admission in the fall of this year.

And not just third and fourth tier universities, or some college in Guam (literally and figuratively). Top-notch schools still have openings for fall 2010 and, believe it or not, some are even actively recruiting.

Okay. Forget Harvard or Yale, unless there are very extenuating circumstances, but you will find the doors open to many exceptional colleges, some of which you would not expect to find accepting students come the summer.

You may search for colleges that are still taking applications for fall 2010 by visiting the Common Application college search page at www.commonapp.org/SearchEngine/SimpleSearch.aspx. Be sure to click on the "Fall 2010" circle as well as inserting the "Deadline Date" before submitting your request.

True, the selections are limited, much like the fare at a fine restaurant when you walk in ten minutes before closing. Yet, there are still choices, beyond mere table scraps, and decisions to be made, if you hurry.

A better bet may be to apply to colleges that have late or rolling applications for admissions. These schools may be found at the Peterson's website at www.petersons.com/ugchannel/code/LateDeadlineSchools.asp. There you will find hundreds of colleges with deadlines of July 1 or later, and many more without deadlines at all.

In New York alone, we count 58 colleges and universities with late or rolling admissions, including campuses of the State University of New York. On Long Island, where both the questioner and The College Whisperer hail from, there are 6 colleges, all with rolling admissions, including Adelphi University, Hofstra University, Long Island University and Molloy College.

Of course, the pickins' get mighty slim at this late hour, and the standards for admission loftily stringent, so that Common Application best be anything but common. Extra umph for you personal statement, resume, supplemental essays is a must at this late date, and my best advice would be get in touch with a college planning counselor TODAY [Not tomorrow. TODAY!] You're going to need all the help you can get to squeeze through those college gates in the fall.

You are still in the game, but do note, the clock is ticking!

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