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7 Schools You May Not Have Thought to Apply To


With application deadlines fast approaching and the prospect of college closer than ever, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with the numerous decisions you’re having to make. As if making your college list wasn’t enough, soon you’re going to have to decide where you actually want to go to school. The pressure is on!

While January 1st is just a few weeks away and the race to get those applications in on time can be pretty stressful, we here at Her Campus thought we’d compile a list of schools that you may not have thought about your first time around. Guess what – they all have extended application deadlines!

If you’re still unsure about where on Earth you want to end up once your high school career is over, take these schools into consideration. After all, you have a little more time to decide if you want to apply to them!

1. St. Edward’s University

Location: Austin, Texas
Number of Undergrads: 4,240
Application Deadline: May 1
School Website: www.stedwards.edu

We’ve all heard of the University of Texas, but you may not have heard of St. Edward’s University, which is just a short drive away from the home of the Longhorns. St. Edward’s University is a private, Catholic liberal arts institution that’s located on a picturesque hill overlooking the city of Austin, Texas.

St. Edward’s University is a great school if you’re looking for a more personal atmosphere. Plus, when you immerse yourself in the Texas culture, you’ll finally have an excuse to buy those super cute cowboy boots you’ve always wanted but never had a good enough reason to buy.

The good news is you have tons of time to decide if you want to apply to St. Edward’s University, because their application deadline isn’t until May 1! Since they have rolling admissions, you can apply any time before May and find out whether you got in or not within two weeks of submitting your application. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal, doesn’t it?

2. Saint Michael’s College

Location: Colchester, Vermont
Number of Undergrads: 1,953
Application Deadline: February 1
School Website: www.smcvt.edu

Have you always wanted to venture over to the east coast, but are still looking for that perfect school? You might want to check out Saint Michael’s College!

Not only does Saint Michael’s have an absolutely gorgeous campus, but with a student to faculty ratio of 14:1, they also have small class sizes that allow you to get the most out of your education. As much as you’d like to nap in the back of a 300-person classroom, it’ll definitely benefit you in the long run to get a more personal, hands-on education!

Lucky for you, the application deadline isn’t until February 1, so you have plenty of time to perfect your essay and add all your extracurricular activities to your resume.

3. Pacific Union College

Location: Angwin, California
Number of Undergrads: 1,529
Admission Deadline: Rolling
School Website: www.puc.edu

If you’ve been a sports junkie your entire life or love a good pick-up soccer game, then Pacific Union College might be the perfect school for you, because according to collegeprowler.com, they have the number one intramural sports program in the country! Pacific Union College is located in Angwin, California (close to the Bay Area), so the beautiful California weather allows for perfect conditions to play sports year round.

The good news is their admissions deadline is rolling! That leaves you plenty of time to put together the perfect application and practice those flag football skills.

4. Rollins College

Location: Winter Park, Florida
Number of Undergrads: 1,890
Admissions Deadline: February 15
School Website: www.rollins.edu

While the University of Miami may sound appealing, there’s another smaller school you can look into that will offer you that same warm Florida weather. Rollins College is a top-ranked liberal arts school in Winter Park, Florida, that sits on the shores of Lake Virginia. They’re known for their excellent undergraduate international business program and upholding a commitment to international learning. They offer everything from Greek life to intramural sports, so there’s something for everyone to get involved in!

According to College Prowler, Rollins admissions officers are looking for diversity, so when applying it’s helpful to include facts about yourself that separate you from the pack, like how you’re an advocate for animal rights or how you started a club that you’re super passionate about. Cliché college essay topics aren’t going to work on this school!

Rollins is another school that offers small class sizes. With a student to faculty ratio of 10:1, the average class size is around 17 students.

The application deadline for Rollins College isn’t until February 15, so you get a little more than a month longer to look into the school and decide if it’s somewhere you would be interested in applying to.

Of course, with that year-round warm weather, it’s worth a shot!

5. Nova Southeastern University

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Number of Undergrads: 6,397
Application Deadline: Rolling
School Website: www.nova.edu

Another larger Florida school to take into consideration is Nova Southeastern University, located in Fort Lauderdale. With more than 6,000 full-time undergrads and 18,135 graduate students, NSU is the sixth largest independent university in the nation.

“I’ve only been at Nova a few months, but I absolutely love it,” says Lindsay, a current freshman. “Everyone has so much school pride and that’s exactly what I was looking for in a school. I can’t imagine myself going anywhere else!”

Plus, if you go to Nova, you can guarantee that you won’t have to go through any unbearable winters!

You have plenty of time to decide if you want to apply there, because their application deadline is rolling! Nova Southeastern also offers a dual admission program that allows you to apply for the undergraduate major of your choice paired with the graduate program you’re interested in. The application deadline for the dual admission program is February 1st, so you still have plenty of time to get that application in as well!

6. Whitman College

Location: Walla Walla, Washington
Number of Undergrads: 1,530
Admissions Deadline: January 15
School Website:  www.whitman.edu

Whitman College is known for its caring and intelligent professors as well as its warm and welcoming student body.

“The teachers are always willing to help out their students, which is something I really appreciate about this school,” says Morgan, a freshman at Whitman. “I know a lot of my professors on a more personal level, which is not something I expected coming into college.”

With the perks of their 24-hour library and their great vegetarian/vegan options on campus, which can be seen on the Whitman College online dining menu, most students who attend Whitman are incredibly happy with their college experience. In fact, according toU.S. News & World Report, 94 percent of students return after their freshman year.

The application deadline for Whitman College is January 15, and while that doesn’t give you much extra time, it at least gives you some! Plus, if you get your applications in earlier, you won’t be super stressed later on and you can actually enjoy the rest of your senior year.

7. University of Puget Sound

Location: Tacoma, Washington
Number of Undergrads: 2,582
Admission Deadline: January 15
School Website: www.pugetsound.edu

The University of Puget Sound is a private institution that is known for its beautiful, 97-acre campus. The school is located between the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges along the shores of the Puget Sound.

UPS is the only national independent liberal arts college in Western Washington and has an outstanding liberal arts curriculum, according to Colleges That Change Lives. Besides their outstanding academic reputation and small class sizes, UPS also has Greek life and several on-campus clubs, such as the Fencing Club, the Film and Theater Society and the Sailing Club, so there’s something for everyone to get involved in.

The University of Puget Sound’s application deadline is January 15, so you have a little bit of extra time to send in your application. The beautiful location is reason enough to at least give it a look!


Applying to college can be totally stressful, and the whole application process itself can be really frustrating, but there’s no need to freak out. If you’re scrambling to get all your college apps in on time, just know that there are tons of schools out there with later deadlines. Better late than never!

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