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How many reach schools should you apply to?

Topic: Admissions | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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It depends on the amount of money you are willing to spend on admissions applications. Ideally you should apply to 2 reach schools. If you don't have the money, then at least one. You don't want to regret not trying. The last thing you want to think of is a "what if" situation.

Answered by: Rancor203 W. | over 3 years ago
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Well, I had a fee waiver, so I went crazy and applied to 15 schools (I do NOT advise that! It was so much work and my guidance councilor HATED me after fall semester)--I don't even know how many of them were "reach schools", since I got into most of them. But the general rule for reach schools is one or two if you're applying to five colleges. If you're applying to more than five schools, maybe three.

Answered by: Elleygirley B. | over 3 years ago
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It really depends on how good of a chance you believe you have at getting accepted. The applications aren't cheap so you should only apply to a reasonable number and only if you truly believe you have a chance at getting accepted. If you're applying with a 2.5 GPA and little community service, you probably should save your money and their time. If you truly believe you have a chance, I'd recommend you apply to the ones you are most interested in and leave it there. Applying to 15 schools gets really tedious and if you are rejected by all 15, it probably wouldn't feel so great.

Answered by: Rx Josh I. | over 3 years ago
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Applying to colleges can be tricky and is really different for everyone. You should optimally apply to 5-6 schools. Out of those you should have 1-2 that are reach schools, schools that you don't exactly meet the requirements for but have always wanted to go to. You should have for 2-3 of the other schools to be schools that you meet the requirements for. You should make sure that you have at least 1 school for which you are above and beyond their minimum requirements.

Answered by: Keepsmiling F. | over 3 years ago
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Reach schools are schools you feel are less likely to accept you than are the other schools to which you are applying. The safety schools you apply to should be schools where you meet or exceed the average admitted student GPA and test scores. Reach schools are schools at which your GPA and test scores are lower than average. Because application fees are costly, most students do not apply to more than a few of each type of school. In choosing reach schools (and how many of them) to apply to, keep in mind your probability of acceptance at each school. How far below the school's average are your GPA and test scores? Are there other aspects of your application that might make up for low grades and low scores? If you have a strong history of community service and volunteering or have overcome hardships in your past, some schools might value this enough to let it compensate for other areas of your application. Look at the character of the student body and the values of the university. This can give you an idea of what the university is looking for, and which reach schools might be less of a reach for you. The optimal number of reach schools to apply to will depend on how big a reach each school is and on what probability of acceptance by any of them you are comfortable with. For example, if you want to have a very high probability of being accepted into one of your reach schools, you should either decrease the competitiveness of your reach schools, increase the number of reach schools to which you apply, or apply to a mix of schools in which some are significantly more competitive and others are only slightly more competitive than your safety schools.

Answered by: Ra Ncor202 C. | over 3 years ago
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You should have a mix of realistic schools and reach schools. Apply to as many schools as possible. Take the community colleges apply to maybe 6 easy ones. Then apply for all your dream schools. If will not affect your accademics if they say no. Apply for 30 the numbers game says maybe 2 or 3 will say yes.

Answered by: The Professor O. | almost 4 years ago
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Honestly it all depends on how much money you have to spend on applications and how many of the prospective reach schools you would really want to attend. Realistically, I would shoot for 3, but you could narrow down to 2 if you had one in mind.

Answered by: Advizor T. | almost 4 years ago
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Just my opinion, of course, but I say two. Unless you're in a situation where you would have trouble getting into college due to low test scores, etc., you wan to aim as high as you can. Two is a good compromise between doing that and wasting application fee money. If you're reaching for a lot of reach schools, you might consider getting an admissions counselor to help you with your application materials and essays. Every little bit counts, after all.

Answered by: Null Terminator N. | almost 4 years ago
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As many as you can. Consider how important it would be to you to get into a school you really want, but don't quite have the chops for. Now consider the admission cost: Perhaps 50 dollars, plus the time it will take to add the college address to the destination for letters of recommendation or copy and paste essays from other admissions. It's really a no brainer that the more you apply to, the greater your chances of getting in. Obviously, don't apply if you don't want to go, but even if it's a 10 percent change of getting in, it's worth it.

Answered by: Njanetos U. | almost 4 years ago
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You should apply to two or three. Keep in mind that it does cost money to apply to even reach schools. The more top the school, the more expensive their application fee is.

Answered by: Apple Tarte X. | almost 4 years ago
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It is a good idea to apply to at least two reach schools, if not more. It's always important to aim for getting into your dream schools. You might get accepted to all of them!

Answered by: Iamerica N. | almost 4 years ago
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Apply to as many as your heart desires. It is always best to apply to more than you think you'll need to. This is because the demand to get into some colleges is so high while the acceptance rate is not so high. More and more colleges are accepting less students each year. Always have college choices to fall back on in case you don't get into your dream college.

Answered by: Jen B. | almost 4 years ago
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One or two should be fine. It really isn't necessary to apply to any others. Depending on your grades you might not even need a safety school

Answered by: Zolty F. | almost 4 years ago
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Only you can answer that question. Don't kill yourself with too many applications and school visits. Try 2 or 3 reach schools. that seems to be a decent number.

Answered by: Bitchstewie U. | almost 4 years ago
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You might not want to apply to more than one or two schools that you are really want to attend. The main reason is the costs. Most schools require a non refundable fee to be paid as a part of the application process. My son's fee was $400.00. It was a part of the application process and was absolutely non refundable. If you apply to lot of schools you will waste a lot of money is fees.

Answered by: Turker Y. | almost 4 years ago
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You should apply to a couple of reach schools. Remember that they are schools you aren't likely to get in. Choose wisely or else you'll be donating a few dollars in application fee to those schools!

Answered by: Mtmarshmallow X. | almost 4 years ago
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One or two reach schools should be fine. Anymore is just a waste of money anyway. In today's market there is no shortage of students applying.

Answered by: Zolty F. | almost 4 years ago
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This depends on your SAT score. If you did very well then only apply to 1 reach. If you did average apply to 3 reach schools. If you did poor then apply to 4+ reach schools.

Answered by: Automart K. | almost 4 years ago
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Students should apply to as many reach schools as they wish. This will broaden their chances as well as allowing for more possibilities and choices.

Answered by: Akushinrei I. | almost 4 years ago
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When I was applying to college I was told that it was best to apply to three reach schools, three match schools, and two safeties. If I was applying to college now I would apply to many more reach schools. It turned out that some of the schools that I had considered to be reaches ended up not being as out of my league as I thought. This really limited my pool of schools to choose from when the acceptance letters started coming. It is also really nice to have a lot of options. If you choose to apply to more reach schools, still keep a few safeties on your list just so you can feel certain that you will have a place to go.

Answered by: Floridasnatural L. | almost 4 years ago
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In my case, I applied to 4 and was accepted by 3 of them. That said it is always better to apply to more then just what you wish to go to. In my case, the first letter I got back was a rejection from a school I was using as a backup. This made me panicky for two weeks before I got the first acceptance. Most college students apply to 3 or 4 but I would recommend at least 6. This way, you will have a comfortable safety net should the first couple be rejections (which often is the case since colleges send out rejections faster then acceptance letters).

Answered by: College Student123 T. | almost 4 years ago
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Apply to as many reach schools as you like depending on your financial ability to pay the fees for those schools. Obviously, the more you apply to the more likely you are to get in to one of these great schools. However, you should probably narrow it down to 2 or maybe 3 that you really want to attend, so you can focus on preparing a great application for those schools. Also, you don't want to apply to too many reach schools and forget about the safety schools and regular schools which are important as well.

Answered by: Volblorx8634 P. | almost 4 years ago
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There is no limit of schools, reach or not, that you can apply to. That being said, I wouldn't recommend applying to any school that you wouldn't attend if you were to be accepted. As long as you can picture yourself attending a college, it's worth it to apply, no matter how much of a reach you think it is.

Answered by: Darantula35 S. | almost 4 years ago
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Reach schools are schools that are more competitive and challenging for you to gain admission. I would personally choose reach schools wisely and choose realistic reach schools. I would aim for two or three reach schools to apply to. It really depends on how much money you can afford for college applications because each application can range from $50-$70.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | almost 4 years ago
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Apply to as many as you think you need to. There is no set limit either way. Some colleges are very hard to get into and you don't want to sell yourself short. Not everyone will get into their first pick so its always best to have lots of fall backs.

Answered by: Jen B. | almost 4 years ago
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In my case, I applied to 4 and was accepted by 3 of them. That said it is always better to apply to more then just what you wish to go to. In my case, the first letter I got back was a rejection from a school I was using as a backup. This made me panicky for two weeks before I got the first acceptance. Most college students apply to 3 or 4 but I would recommend at least 6. This way, you will have a comfortable safety net should the first couple be rejections (which often is the case since colleges send out rejections faster then acceptance letters).

Answered by: College Student123 T. | almost 4 years ago
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Apply to as many reach schools as you like depending on your financial ability to pay the fees for those schools. Obviously, the more you apply to the more likely you are to get in to one of these great schools. However, you should probably narrow it down to 2 or maybe 3 that you really want to attend, so you can focus on preparing a great application for those schools. Also, you don't want to apply to too many reach schools and forget about the safety schools and regular schools which are important as well.

Answered by: Volblorx8634 P. | almost 4 years ago
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There is no limit of schools, reach or not, that you can apply to. That being said, I wouldn't recommend applying to any school that you wouldn't attend if you were to be accepted. As long as you can picture yourself attending a college, it's worth it to apply, no matter how much of a reach you think it is.

Answered by: Darantula35 S. | almost 4 years ago
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Reach schools are schools that are more competitive and challenging for you to gain admission. I would personally choose reach schools wisely and choose realistic reach schools. I would aim for two or three reach schools to apply to. It really depends on how much money you can afford for college applications because each application can range from $50-$70.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | almost 4 years ago
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Apply to as many as you think you need to. There is no set limit either way. Some colleges are very hard to get into and you don't want to sell yourself short. Not everyone will get into their first pick so its always best to have lots of fall backs.

Answered by: Jen B. | almost 4 years ago
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Teenagers should know how to maximize their college grants. For starters they may want to ignore the advice that high school counselors have been dispensing for decades: apply to safety schools and reach schools. Applying to reach schools, however, will often jeopardize the college grant money that a student could receive. Heres why: Colleges have a finite amount of money to award to freshmen applicants so they typically reserve their best offers to the high school seniors that they covet the most.

Answered by: Hemjjd H. | almost 4 years ago
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This really depends on how many safe or relatively safe schools that you applied to. Generally, two or three is a good range. If you can, apply early decision to a reach school to increase your chances of being accepted.

Answered by: Bobmellon C. | almost 4 years ago
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You should apply to as many reach schools as you feel comfortable with. A good number would be two or three. Definitely focus more on applying the right target schools though.

Answered by: Nycpigeons Q. | almost 4 years ago
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