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Should I consider applying to colleges with lower acceptance rates?

Hi all! I'm a high school junior, and I've been researching colleges to apply to. I've noticed that some schools have very low acceptance rates, which makes me hesitant to apply. Should I still consider these schools, or should I focus on more attainable options? Thanks for any advice!

10 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're already thinking about college applications. When it comes to schools with low acceptance rates, it's important not to rule them out completely based on that factor alone. While it's true that the competition can be tough at these schools, it's also important to remember that each applicant is evaluated holistically. If you believe that you have a strong profile and you're genuinely interested in a particular school, it's worth considering applying, even if the acceptance rate is low.

That being said, it's always a good idea to have a balanced list of colleges that you're applying to. This should include a mix of reach, target, and safety schools. Reach schools are those with low acceptance rates or where your academic profile might be slightly below the average admitted student. Target schools are where your profile matches the average admitted student, and safety schools are where you have a high likelihood of being accepted based on your academic profile.

In the end, it's all about finding the right fit for you. So, don't be afraid to apply to a few reach schools, but just make sure to also have a solid list of target and safety schools. Good luck with your college search!

10 months ago

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