Ask Admissions: How many colleges should I apply to, and which ones?
All right, April. So the next question is, “How do decide which schools to apply to and how many colleges should I apply to?” Great question. So when you’re looking at different schools, there are a few factors that you want to consider along the way. You are definitely going to be hearing all of these really popular and well-known schools out there. But you’re gonna want to make sure that it’s a good fit for you. So the first thing to look at would probably be your academic program. Does that institution offer what you want to study? And it also might have the name of the program you want to study, but it might not include all of the experiences that you’re looking for. So do a little bit of research. Find out what that program is like, what types of experiences are you going to get? What type of advising are you going to get if you’re really set on doing an internship? Is that something that they really help to assist you in, in landing that type of position later down the road as you’re in college? So do a little bit of research in that area. You’re also going to want to, you know, figure out, What are you looking for in terms of experiences on that college campus? Are you interested in doing research? Do you want to do a study abroad program? Where do you want to do your study abroad program? That’s a big thing too. Not every institution offers the same types of programs or in the same locations. Also, you know, are there certain activities that you want to be involved in? Are there specific leadership roles that you want to have experience in? All of these things can vary from campus to campus. So make sure that you’re trying to learn about what those opportunities are going to be for you at that institution. Another great thing to keep in mind, of course, because in the long run you’re going to college to help you prepare for your career, is looking at those types of resources as well. So do they have a Career Center? And what types of assistance do they provide? Are they really going to help you with, you know, your resume, with your interviews? Do they have the career fairs set up for you already? How does that type of advising work out as well. So that will vary from campus. So, make sure you find the right fit for you. In terms of how many schools to apply to, again, you’re gonna hear a lot of different types of advice in that area. I would say the general number, or around the number you want to shoot for, is about five schools. Typically they say that you want to have the schools that you know that you are more likely to be admitted to, a reach school and then a safety school, as well. So it’s gonna vary from each person based on what your interests are and how many schools you’ve also, you know, looked into, liked and are still deciding between. But you want to have a good number of schools so you can, in the end, make that decision your own.