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How many safety schools should you apply to?

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

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It is generally a good idea to apply to two or three safety schools. Two should be plenty if you are very confident that you will get in to both schools. Be realistic though about your chances of getting in to your safety schools. For a school to be safety school, the average stats such as SAT scores and GPA should be at least somewhat below your own scores. Talk to your high school guidance counselor if you need any more help - he or she can help direct you towards a good mix of schools to apply to for you.

Answered by: Mem4dr A. | about 4 years ago
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You should apply to as many safety schools as you can. This way you will have many options. It will also ensure you have somewhere to go to school. Admissions are very competitive these days. I would recommend at least 5. Good Luck

Answered by: Average Joe V. | about 4 years ago
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In addition to the one school which would be your dream school, you should also apply to at least 2 others, 3 for insurance. Remember that the reason why you want to go to that school is also the reason why hundreds of other people want to go to that school as well. It is always good to have at least 2 back ups. Also, have a contingency plan. Maybe go to Junior college for a year if your back ups fall through. But, consider why you would need to apply for more than three. Is there something in your records or about your academic performance that would keep you from being accepted in those schools?

Answered by: L Platter F. | about 4 years ago
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You should apply to at least one safety school. If money doesn___t restrict you from applying to a lot of different schools I would say apply to every school that even remotely interests you. The application process is costly, so this may not be an option. If you aren___t really excited about your safety school and couldn___t actually see yourself going there, then you should definitely apply to at least 2 or 3. If all your top choices fall through then you still have a couple of schools to choose from. Remember even the top students don___t___ get into their top schools, so don___t be discouraged.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | about 4 years ago
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I would say either two or three. It is important to know the academic expectations of your safety schools, and choose them accordingly. Maybe choose two safety schools near home and one in another state. I would definitely apply two at least two though. It's good to have options in case your original plans fall through.

Answered by: Chemistry X. | over 4 years ago
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It depends on how well your academic records are. If you have a high or at least normal GPA and have kept up good grades (B's at least) with very little C's and no fails, then three should be a good amount to apply to. If your academic record is less than this, you should apply to 5 or more. Also, apply to any school you want (be sure there is a chance you can get in though, don't apply to a straight A school if you have mostly C's). One reason for this is because expensive will usually give you a lot of fanancial aid if you need it. Also, your application essays and community/school activites will help you get into a higher ranking schools, even if you don't have the usual credentials.

Answered by: Mayell U. | over 4 years ago
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One should apply to atleast three saftey schools. This way if two dont accept you you still have another one in your back pocket. In my opinion you should apply to all that interest you. It may take a lot of time. But in the end one will have many more options. You can never have to many options.

Answered by: Average Joe D. | over 4 years ago
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It all depends on you. Have you decided on what you want to major in? Which schools are most suitable for you? The more safety schools you apply to the better because in the long run you will be able to choose from many rather than being stuck with only one. You can always turn down a school, but you won't be able to apply after the final date for admissions so you should apply for as many as possible so you have a greater choice when the time to decide on a school comes.

Answered by: Rae3604 J. | over 4 years ago
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1-2 safety schools should be adequate depending on your grades. If you don't get into your first choice you always have options.

Answered by: Zolty F. | over 4 years ago
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You should apply to the one college you want in most, and then 3-4 safety colleges. The safety colleges should be ones that you can look at and not have any problem getting into. This way you have something to fall back on.

Answered by: Nb07 Y. | over 4 years ago
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I would say three or four would be ideal. Most safety schools are fairly easy to get in, but you don't want to take a chance. Hopefully you will get into the number one school though!

Answered by: Tbowser Y. | over 4 years ago
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This greatly depends on how many total schools you are applying to. If you are applying to approximately 10 schools, then it would be a good idea to apply to 3 to 4 safety schools. If you are applying to 5 schools, then 1 to 2 safety schools is a good idea.

Answered by: Iamerica N. | over 4 years ago
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You should always have at least one or two safety schools that you apply to. The demand to get into certain schools is very high. Colleges are accepted less students it seems like each year. Having these schools to fall back on will help you rest easy knowing you'll get in somewhere.

Answered by: Jen B. | over 4 years ago
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You should apply to at least two. Keep in mind that each school as their own application fees. Apply to as many as you would like to spend the money on.

Answered by: Apple Tarte X. | over 4 years ago
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This really depends on your grades and the admission rates at the schools to which you're applying, but can also depend on other factors like choice of study and finances. I would recommend applying to at least one good, local school, to which you're pretty much guaranteed admission. For me, I didn't really need a safety school in terms of admission, but more for the flexibility in academic choices and finances. I did end up going to what had been my secondary choice, after deciding to pursue a course of study that wasn't offered at my first choice.

Answered by: Wennifred K. | over 4 years ago
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A good rule of thumb is to apply to about 7 or 8 schools, and have them roughly divided between safety schools, matches, and reaches. This will of course depend on the schools that you are personally interested in. It is a good idea to have 2 or 3 safety schools, though - even if one seems easy to get into on paper, you can never guarantee what the admissions committee will be looking for.

Answered by: Kitty W. | over 4 years ago
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The answer to this question truly depends on your individual situation. However, the definition of a safety school is generally a school that you know that you will, without any doubt, be accepted to. If you are as sure of your chances of being accepted to your safety school as you should be, then only one is really necessary. However, if there is any chance that your safety school may turn down your application, you may want to consider having two.

Answered by: Collegegrad10 I. | over 4 years ago
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Unless you're really apprehensive about being accepted to college at all (e.g. GPA < 25), I would apply to just one. Best to concentrate on reaches and normal schools. Remember, many schools have application fees, and the time spent applying to each school creates an opportunity cost.

Answered by: Null Terminator N. | over 4 years ago
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As many as you are actually interested in attending. You should apply to schools you want to attend, that offer you the best opportunities, and fit what you want and need for your education. If all of the schools you find that meet that criteria are "safety" schools (meaning you have a very good chance of acceptance), then that's fine. If you can't find a single school that you think you would be happy with that you have a very good chance of being accepted into, I would pick two "safety" schools, apply, and then forget about them unless worst comes to worst.

Answered by: Kissaguard S. | over 4 years ago
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I would recommend applying to at least two or three safety schools. This number will probably make you comfortable in the application process that you will get into at least one of the schools that you apply to. It will also leave you with enough options that you don't feel as if you are stuck if your safety schools end up being the only schools that you receive acceptance letters from. Don't underestimate yourself and apply to too many safeties and fewer match or reach schools. Keep all of your options open.

Answered by: Cookiemonster K. | over 4 years ago
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As many as possible! You can never apply to too many schools! If you only want to apply to a few, apply to at least two of three. You need to make sure that they are all schools that you can ACTUALLY see yourself going to, if your first choice does not work out.

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | over 4 years ago
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You should apply to at least two safety schools. This is to make sure that you get into at least one of the safety schools you have applied for. The more options you have, the better.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | over 4 years ago
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It is important to at least have 1. You should always apply to every school you are even remotely interested in (or at least turn in all the applications you can afford to submit). You never know what might happen with that year___s applicants. Some schools offer early admissions. This means you find out early if you got in. If you're number one school does this, it is worth applying so you can find out early.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | over 4 years ago
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You probably don't need to apply to too many. After all, your safety school are ones where you have an excellent chance of acceptance. Pick between two and four, and make sure to pick schools that you would be happy at, rather than feeling like you'd be settling.

Answered by: Alura56 C. | over 4 years ago
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It is best to apply to at least two schools, one of them being your top choice and the other being your safety or backup school. If you can afford to submit more applications then you should apply to every school you have an interest in. The more choices you have the better.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | over 4 years ago
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You should apply up to 5 safety schools in order to have a wide range of decisions available. I would also recommend adding them to your fafsa, as they will also compile a financial aid packet which you can also compare when it comes to making a decision on what college you are looking to attend to. I would also have all your pro and cons listed out in order to make an easier decision as well.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | over 4 years ago
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Though Safety is a single subject, it has got more diversification. Among all, Fire, Water, Wind and natural calamity, Aeroplane, train, ship, vehicle are the few sujects. However in every walk of life there is safety. So select the best subject you prefer get admission to one school where they teach about all diversified studies and thereby you may specilise in one subject. Seek the help of few Web sites of Institutions.

Answered by: Jimm34 Z. | over 4 years ago
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I would say 3 or 4. You don't want to apply to too many, as this is a big burden. Spend most of your time on the couple of schools you care about the most. It'd be best to submit only a few quality applications with amazing essays, than submit tons of mediocre applications.

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | over 4 years ago
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Look at the acceptance rate of each school. If each school has a 10-15% acceptance rate, then apply to 10-15 schools. If the schools you are interested in have a 50% acceptance rate, apply to two or three.

Answered by: Tbw R. | over 4 years ago
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The number of "safety" schools you apply to will be defined by a number of factors. If you're applying to a large university, you may not need any. If you're looking at ivy league programs, you may need several. Make sure you're working with a guidance counselor or someone with experience in admissions. Determine the likelihood that you'll be accepted at your top choice, and then determine how many schools you should apply to as safety choices.

Answered by: Stan567 Z. | over 4 years ago
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As many as possible! You can never apply to too many schools! If you only want to apply to a few, apply to at least two of three. You need to make sure that they are all schools that you can ACTUALLY see yourself going to, if your first choice does not work out.

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | over 4 years ago
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You should apply to at least two safety schools. This is to make sure that you get into at least one of the safety schools you have applied for. The more options you have, the better.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | over 4 years ago
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It is important to at least have 1. You should always apply to every school you are even remotely interested in (or at least turn in all the applications you can afford to submit). You never know what might happen with that year___s applicants. Some schools offer early admissions. This means you find out early if you got in. If you're number one school does this, it is worth applying so you can find out early.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | over 4 years ago
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You probably don't need to apply to too many. After all, your safety school are ones where you have an excellent chance of acceptance. Pick between two and four, and make sure to pick schools that you would be happy at, rather than feeling like you'd be settling.

Answered by: Alura56 C. | over 4 years ago
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It is best to apply to at least two schools, one of them being your top choice and the other being your safety or backup school. If you can afford to submit more applications then you should apply to every school you have an interest in. The more choices you have the better.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | over 4 years ago
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You should apply up to 5 safety schools in order to have a wide range of decisions available. I would also recommend adding them to your fafsa, as they will also compile a financial aid packet which you can also compare when it comes to making a decision on what college you are looking to attend to. I would also have all your pro and cons listed out in order to make an easier decision as well.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | over 4 years ago
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Though Safety is a single subject, it has got more diversification. Among all, Fire, Water, Wind and natural calamity, Aeroplane, train, ship, vehicle are the few sujects. However in every walk of life there is safety. So select the best subject you prefer get admission to one school where they teach about all diversified studies and thereby you may specilise in one subject. Seek the help of few Web sites of Institutions.

Answered by: Jimm34 Z. | over 4 years ago
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I would say 3 or 4. You don't want to apply to too many, as this is a big burden. Spend most of your time on the couple of schools you care about the most. It'd be best to submit only a few quality applications with amazing essays, than submit tons of mediocre applications.

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | over 4 years ago
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Look at the acceptance rate of each school. If each school has a 10-15% acceptance rate, then apply to 10-15 schools. If the schools you are interested in have a 50% acceptance rate, apply to two or three.

Answered by: Tbw R. | over 4 years ago
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The number of "safety" schools you apply to will be defined by a number of factors. If you're applying to a large university, you may not need any. If you're looking at ivy league programs, you may need several. Make sure you're working with a guidance counselor or someone with experience in admissions. Determine the likelihood that you'll be accepted at your top choice, and then determine how many schools you should apply to as safety choices.

Answered by: Stan567 Z. | over 4 years ago
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I'd say apply to at least one or two. You probably already know what a safety school is, but for those who are uninitiated, a safety school is a school(s) are you are quite sure you'll be able to get into if your primary choice rejects you. There's no reason not to apply to at least one or two extra safety schools.

Answered by: Ecupirates08 R. | over 4 years ago
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You should apply to at least one or two safety schools. You can of course apply to as many safety schools as you feel like but one or two that you are satisfied with are good enough. Never NOT apply to a safety school.

Answered by: Nycpigeons Q. | over 4 years ago
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When applying to schools. It might be in your best interest to have several options available.

Answered by: Teacherjohn F. | over 4 years ago
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You should apply to OSHA and it depends. Workplace safety classes. fires safety class. In a medical school a safety school is watching patients blood in a operating room. There are jobs cleaning the operating rooms after and during operations. OSHA is the most important safety class to start with.

Answered by: The Professor N. | over 4 years ago
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