You don't need to apply to fifty schools. Narrow the schools you are interested in into three categories: reach, good fit, and safety school. Apply to one (or two) reach schools, two or three good-fit, and two safety schools. Make sure that your safety schools are actually safety schools - and that you actually like the schools and beleive you would receive a good education there. Contact the regional admission officers of any schools you are interested in. They can answer specific questions about the schools and help you decide which schools will be a really good fit, and if you have a realistic chance of admission.