Narrow Your List
How a student determines their list of colleges can vary from a very straightforward list of two or three schools to a more complex list of target, reach and safety schools. The concept of target, reach and safety schools requires much time and effort both in researching the schools to find a good fit in each category as well as completing multiple applications. A target school is one where you are in the middle to top of the freshman profile and have a good chance of admission. A reach school is one where you are on the lower side of the profile, but may have a chance of being admitted. If you exceed the freshman profile, that school is a safety and you will almost certainly be admitted. Applying to at least two schools in each of these categories should give students a favorable number of acceptances and financial aid awards to choose from in the spring.