To How Many Colleges Should Your Kid Apply? Four? Five? How about Fifty-Six?

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We know that the general college application advice from school counselors to high school juniors and seniors has been to:

1. Apply to one or two of your reach schools; those are the schools that your kid will most likely not get into based on a certain set of criteria; but the trouble of applying and paying the fees are well worth it because a reach school is a dream school.

2. Apply to one or two of your match schools; these are the schools that your kid will most likely gain admission to because your kid’s high school credentials fall within their admission criteria.

3. Apply to one safety school.  This is a school that your kid is guaranteed admission to based on the school’s selection criteria and your student’s academic credentials.

Many of the students I’ve worked with over the years have applied to anywhere from 1 to 5 colleges for admission.  Below is a link to a recent New York Times Article.  It sheds light on how the college application process is beginning to look very different from what we’re used to.  Some students are applying to upwards of 56 colleges for admission – seems like a mind boggling task!

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/16/nyregion/applications-by-the-dozen-as-anxious-students-hedge-college-bets.html?WT.nav=top-news&action=click&module=second-column-region&pgtype=Homepage&region=top-news&_r=0

Every student’s talents, abilities, skills, needs, and wants are vastly different; so each college application process will be unique.  Consult with your child’s school counselor or a private consultant for information regarding your child’s specific needs.

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