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What if I Don't Get Accepted Anywhere?

Information adapted from adMISSION POSSIBLE®.

It is rare, but it does happen, which is why we suggest that you apply to a mix of reach, good chance, and safety schools.

If you don't get accepted to any school you've applied to, you still have some options:

  • You can go to a community college and then transfer—sometimes after a semester, but usually after a year.
  • You can apply to a college that offers rolling admission—sometimes as late as the summer after your senior year.
  • You can check out the "Space Availability Survey Results," which is a list that the National Association for College Admissions Counseling puts together every May of colleges throughout the country that are still open to accepting applications.
  • You can decide to take a year off and work, travel, or volunteer before going to college.

If you don't get accepted anywhere, talk to your high school counselor about other options that are available to you.