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When deciding on how to determine if a school is a target or reach should I look at the school's overall acceptance rate or the specific program's acceptance rate at that college? For example, the University of Chicago's acceptance rate is 7% but the business is 23% so should I look at the overall acceptance rate or the business school acceptance rate?

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11 months ago[edited]

Hello! I think it honestly depends. For more selective or specialized programs the students applying for it typically are extremely prepared, and focus their extracurriculars and classes around that subject, or the acceptance rate for a particular program may seem higher because there aren't many students applying for it, so 100 students accepted out of 150 applying would make the acceptance rate higher than 100 out of 650, for example. I'd personally look at both numbers and kind of estimate what it could mean for that particular school and program.

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