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SAT: 720 math
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Should I apply to more reach schools or safety schools?

Hey guys! I'm a junior, and I'm working on finalizing my college list. Should I apply to more reach schools or safety schools? How many of each type should I have on my list?

8 months ago

Hi there! It's an exciting time as you finalize your college list. It's essential to strike a balance between reach schools, safety schools, and target schools. The exact number for each category can vary depending on your goals, preferences, and the resources you have for applying (such as time and money for application fees). Generally, a good rule of thumb is to have around 2-3 safety schools, 3-5 target schools, and 2-3 reach schools on your list. This way, you have a well-rounded selection of colleges to apply to.

Safety schools are those where you have a high chance of being accepted based on your qualifications, and they can provide a fallback option if other schools don't work out. Reach schools are more competitive, and while it might be more challenging to gain acceptance, it's still worth a shot if you feel passionate about attending those institutions. Target schools are somewhere in between, where you have a reasonable chance of being admitted, but it's not guaranteed.

Remember to consider factors like location, size, majors offered, extracurricular opportunities, and financial aid availability when making your list. It's important to choose schools that you'd genuinely be happy attending. Best of luck with your college applications!

8 months ago

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