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3 months ago
Admissions Advice

Application advise

How many colleges one should apply for safety and target. Should one apply for reaches when they are time constrained.

How many is too many?

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@CameronBameron3 months ago [edited]

Can you give us an example of a Reach, Hard Target, Target, and Safety right now for you. And how many totals on your CV college list? That will be most helpful. Also, clarify what you mean by time constrained?

@CameronBameron3 months ago [edited]

I asked for an example of the schools, which is more important than your quantities. Otherwise, the advice you receive will not be germane to your profile. Short answer, there is no specific number unless you give more details about your profile like what's already on your CV list

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3 months ago

Hi!

Honestly there is no such thing as applying to too many schools. Everyone has a different numbers. Some people can apply to one school. It honestly depends on you as a person and if you really want to go to that school. I say this because, I had a list of 6 schools, 2 reach, 2 safety, and 2 target. I ended up only applying to 3 schools. 1 reach and 2 safety. I had to cut my list down because I did not give myself a long time to think and write my essays (the one I applied to early gave us an option of an essay or interview so I did not write an essay). I also realized that I did not have a reason "why" I wanted to attend certain colleges or see myself going there, plus I did not want to waste money on schools I may reject if I got accepted. If you really want to attend 15 colleges, then apply to 15. If you really want to attend to 2, then apply to two. If you have time something that you will be proud of then apply to a reach school, however, if a school is a reach you need to have a pretty good essay to make up for some parts that you lack. I hope I answered your question!

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3 months ago

Most experts recommend applying to 8-12 schools, with 2-3 safeties, 3-5 targets, and 2-3 reaches (doesn't add up perfectly, but you get the idea). Limiting factors are really money and time. If you apply to too many schools, you can't spend that much time on each app, and your applications will be lower quality (you will also have to pay more unless you have waivers).

You should also try not too apply to too few because you may not end up getting accepted anywhere. Some people only apply to a couple schools, but that's usually when they're hard set on a local safety school.

This post may help more: https://blog.collegevine.com/how-many-colleges-should-i-apply-to

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