Hello! I'm not really sure what I'm looking for in a college just yet, so how many colleges should I apply to?
- Eric Allen expert We usually suggest 6-10 schools, but it really depends on what you're looking for. With the Common App, it's certainly easier to apply to more schools. You certainly need a balanced list of stretch, target and safe schools, so make sure you segment your school list appropriately. Other thoughts? @Savena Wright @Jennie Rothman @christina.taber-kewene
- anonymous alum Also it is helpful to understand your own interests and limitations. You might love Berkeley, but if you are from Virginia and you don't want to be more than a car drive from home, it would come off your list. Consider school size, college vs. large university/research institution, geography, and reputation.