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Is It Too Late to Apply to College for Fall Semester 2020?

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2020 has been a challenging year. If you were looking to start or continue your higher education journey this fall, it's easy to understand how you could have gotten off track. But it's not too late to make an important investment in your future by enrolling in college this fall.

Rolling, Regular and Open Admissions:  Which is Best for Late Applicants?

Most colleges use three different admission methods: rolling, regular, and open.

Regular admission means that the college waits until all applications are in by the due date before making decisions and responding. Many colleges with a regular admission method have application deadlines in January.

Colleges with rolling admissions have a longer window in which you can apply. They respond to applications as they get them, so you know sooner if you have been accepted.

Regular and rolling admission processes are usually competitive. That means only a certain amount of applicants will get a spot in the class. A number of factors can be used to determine who is accepted. They may include grade point average, standardized testing scores, like the SATs, extracurricular activities, and more.

Colleges that have an open admissions policy, like Northampton Community College, are your best bet if you are late to apply. These colleges welcome anyone to get started on their degree or certificate, as long as the student has a high school degree or GED. Plus, the credits you earn at NCC can be transferred to a four-year college or university.

Get started by visiting or contacting the Northampton Community College (NCC) Admissions Office. Offices are open at both the Bethlehem and Monroe campuses, or you can access these services virtually.

Open Admissions at Northampton Community College

Northampton Community College will accept any interested student who has a high school degree or GED equivalent. If you don't have a high school diploma, NCC can help connect you to GED classes so you can take that next step.  To ensure that you can do college-level work, you may have to take a placement test.  If you need help in an area such as math or English, you'll be placed into a class that can help you build your skills so you are ready for a more advanced course.

Some programs at NCC, such as nursing and sonography, are competitive. You have to apply and wait to see if you are accepted into these programs. If you are not accepted initially, you can take general education courses at NCC that will count towards your degree before reapplying.

When Does the Fall Semester Start at NCC?

If you want to be in college this fall, visit the websites of the schools you are interested to get more information about their admission policies and deadlines.

At Northampton Community College, you can apply  right up until the first day of fall classes which is August 31 for most classes. There is no application fee and you might be eligible for financial aid and scholarships. For in-county students, NCC is the most affordable college in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

You don't have to live in Pennsylvania to take advantage of NCC's affordable, quality education. Our Virtual Campus offers 25 program options that can be completed 100% online. Most NCC programs can be completed with a blend of online and on-campus courses. Choose from more than 230 different online courses. Online courses are offered year-round so our next online session is never far away and you don't have to worry about missing a short window to get started.  Northampton Community College also offers online services including academic advising, career services, disability services, tutoring, and library resources. 

Don't delay another day! Get on track this fall to reach your dreams. Enroll today!