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How Many Colleges Should I Apply to?

Information adapted from Fiske Guide to Getting into the Right College.

You can apply to as many colleges as you want, but Fiske recommends applying to about seven, including at least two from each of the following three categories: reach schools, good chance schools, and safety schools.

Though students tend to focus more on the reaches, careful selection of the safe ones is probably more important. Getting caught without a school is the ultimate nightmare, almost as bad as attending a poorly chosen safety that doesn't meet your needs.