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How many colleges can I apply to?

Posted on Jul 07, 2016

Even though there is no limit to the number of colleges that you can apply to, we strongly recommend that through effective college selection you narrow down your choices and apply to about 6-10 Universities. Furthermore, you should make sure that you have a range that includes Reach, Target and Safety Schools.

• A Reach School is one where your profile and credentials may fall below the school’s range for the average student.

• A Target or Match School is one in which your credentials and profile fall well within the school’s range for the average student. There are no guarantees, but it’s not unreasonable to be accepted to several of these.

• A Safety School includes any university where your credentials and profile fall above the school’s range for the average student. You should be reasonably certain that you would be admitted to your safety schools. Like the rest of your list, they should also be colleges that you’d be happy to attend.

Applying to a range of schools will ensure that you set ambitious goals for yourself, but at the same time it provides you with backup options.

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