Students expecting to attend a community college as their back up plan may be sorely surprised when denied admission. While community colleges try to keep admission open to everyone, high-demand community colleges may have a limited capacity due to funding, says David Baime, Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Research of the American Association of Community Colleges.
Generally, students can overcome the capacity issue by applying early. Most community colleges accept students on a first-come, first-serve basis until all spots are filled, says Baime. For example, the deadline for City University of New York (CUNY) colleges, which includes both community and four-year colleges, admissions passed in February. This does not mean students shouldn’t apply, but it does mean that they should apply soon. The CUNY website notes, it takes 6 to 8 weeks after applying to view application status on their site.