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11/17/2020 at 11:45PM

Am I applying to not enough reach schools?

I am a high school senior applying to colleges right now. I am looking at my list of schools and the chances the website is saying I have to get into them. It says I am applying to 4 safety schools out of the 6 schools I am applying to. Now I am worried that I am not challenging myself enough to get into the schools that I may be capable of and cutting myself short. The schools that I saw as targets are my safeties, so now I'm stressing a little. If anyone could help me out and let me know what you think that would be greatly appreciated! :)

@lij120711/18/2020 at 01:26AM

Could you send your school list so far and identify the safeties?

[🎤 AUTHOR]@katiehickey11/18/2020 at 04:28AM

Washington State, Penn State, University of Oregon, and University of Hawaii are all safeties. Cal State Long Beach is a target and San Diego State is a hard reach.

@lij120711/18/2020 at 12:28PM

Maybe think about applying to a UC or something of that calibre

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11/18/2020 at 03:41AM

Yes, this is the year to be brave and take some calculated risks Katie!

What do you have to lose? Just like 10 hours per application. But you might get in somewhere awesome.

Remember the following-

1.) Fewer than 1/2 the applicants are going to be submitting test scores.

2.) Also there are a great numbers of people from the Class of 2024 who are taking a gap year. At top schools like Harvard, Stanford and Yale, it's like 20% of the Freshman admits so this is not good news because there are going to be fewer places. Therefore you have to apply to more reach schools this year to make up for the difficulty factor. So if you thought you should apply to 2 or 3 reaches, I highly suggest 5 or 6 because the stats are going to be abysmal as the school gets harder and harder. I think the real battle is going to be for the 2nd and 3rd tier college who are going to be more lenient and perhaps accept more students since their yields are suffering and they need to make the revenues to stay vibrant and in the game.

3.) CV feels much the same so they are even suggesting that if your SAT is within 60 pts of the 25% percentile score so like 1260 if the range is 1320-1480 you should submit your test scores. Same with ACT,they are saying if your ACT is within 3 pts of the 25 % percentile score like 29 if the school is 32-35, you should submit your ACT score.

I don't know how many applications you can handle but a good mix would be like 5 Reaches, 3 Targets and 2 Safeties. I think too many people load up on Targets and Safeties and because it's comforting to have some Safety options. I think the shape of your school list should like like Funnel pointing down not a Funnel pointing up.

Good Luck with your revised selections.

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@katiehickey11/18/2020 at 06:45AM

Yes I do think I need to take more risks and thanks for the tips!

@ajdekoninck11/19/2020 at 01:48PM

Your 2nd point about the number of people taking a gap year is incorrect. Yes, they are taking a gap year, but most of those top schools have said they will still be accepting the same number of incoming freshmen this year as normal, so their freshman class will end up being larger than normal.

@CameronBameron11/20/2020 at 03:53AM

Where are you getting your information? Harvard, Yale, Stanford are not going to expand their Freshman class by 20% for the Class of 2025. First of all, you can't grow your housing stock by 20% during the pandemic.