How many schools should I apply to?

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How many schools should I apply to?

Benjamin Waldmann

How many schools should I apply to?

The amount of time prior to applying to specific school's should be significant. Many consideration's should be taken into account before applying to any school. Major issue's that need to be checked are location, admissions requirements, cost, school size, overall prestige of that particular institution, academic subject suitability, sports and extracurricular activities, facilities, alumni network, classroom size etc.. after exploring different schools which correlate with all such requirement's one would expect to only have a handful left to apply for which really tick all the box's. Remember, each application needs 100% of your attention and effort so that you can really express the qualities and commitment that you have to offer that specified school. There is no point in half heartedly doing an application for 10 different schools when your not totally sure that it fits your criteria.Remember, the majority of school application's carry an application fee therefore that should be extra initiative to only apply for suitable establishments. I would always recommend visiting any school that your interested in if possible. Taking into account all the requirement's, often you will know if a school fit's with you by the general feeling you have when you visit. Sometimes, even if all the requirement's fit, it's just not what you expected which is fine. But better to know that before you apply. I would recommend applying to between 3 and 5 school's which you feel really fit's with all your expectations.

Toshie Baba

How many schools should I apply to?

Hi, I suggest you to apply at least 3-5 schools, depends on the level of institutions you are interested in. Since you are an international student, you need to start thinking about visa and immigration process which could take some time. It is probably a good idea to get admitted and receive your I-20 (immigration document that you need to apply for your student visa called F-1 visa) from a school whether it is your first choice school or not. You can get multiple I-20s from different schools.

John Sy

How many schools should I apply to?

I always say about eight or ten...ten being a maximum. You can apply to a few more especially if you need to qualify for and compare financial aid packages.