What are your chances of acceptance?
Your chance of acceptance
Duke University
+ add school
Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

How to select a competitive yet realistic set of colleges?

I will be applying to college soon, and I am unsure of how to pick a range of colleges that are a good match for me. I have a mixture of reach, match, and safety colleges, but I'm still uncertain if I've chosen the right schools. Are there any specific factors I should be considering when creating my college list? Thanks for any advice!

9 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're thoughtful about creating a balanced college list. You have the right idea by categorizing schools as reach, match, and safety. To refine your list, consider the following factors:

1. Academic programs: Research the availability and quality of your intended major at each college. It's crucial to choose schools that align with your academic interests and career goals.

2. Location: Think about whether you'd prefer an urban, suburban, or rural setting, and how far from home you'd be comfortable living.

3. Size: Reflect on your preferences for class size, student-to-faculty ratio, and overall campus population.

4. Campus culture: Look into opportunities for extracurricular activities, potential clubs or organizations, and the general atmosphere of each campus.

5. Financial aid and merit scholarships: Investigate the financial aid policies and available scholarships at each college.

Lastly, make sure you visit campuses (virtually or in-person) and engage with current students or alumni to gain better insights. Wishing you the best of luck in creating a well-rounded list of colleges tailored to your needs!

9 months ago

About CollegeVine’s Expert FAQ

CollegeVine’s Q&A seeks to offer informed perspectives on commonly asked admissions questions. Every answer is refined and validated by our team of admissions experts to ensure it resonates with trusted knowledge in the field.