How many schools should I apply to?
I usually recommend that a student apply to between 7 and 10 schools, but, just as we cannot put students "in a box," neither can we put the application process "in a box." Students should never apply to a school "just because he wants to see if he will get in" or because "someone told you it is a great school." Simply because a school has an excellent program in your course of study doesn't mean that the school is a great fit. There are many factors to consider when determining which schools to apply to including size, location, programs, facilities, opportunities, academic/social balance, etc. Every school to which a student applies should meet the student's academic, social, and financial needs. A student should be delighted to be accepted to any of the schools to which he applies. Many times a student doesn't have the time or the resources to determine that, in which case, he should reach out to a consultant.