In at least one way, this unusual admissions year is proving to be normal: For all the talk about how application surges would make it difficult to find spots, there are still plenty of colleges (at least 258 of them) that still have openings for the fall, and most of them still have financial aid, housing, and spaces for both freshmen and transfer students. The 258 figure comes from the annual survey by the National Association for College Admission Counseling, which surveys its members annually to find out which institutions still have spots after May 1. Most of the institutions responding that they have space available are private. More colleges had open space the last two years (292 in 2007 and 295 in 2008), but this year's total is exactly the same as that of 2005 and one higher than the total for 2006.
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