How many schools should I apply to?

Cyndy McDonaldCyndy McDonald
Higher Educational Consultants Association (HECA)

It's not the number of schools you apply to that is important. It's the thought and care put into each application. If you are applying to some very exclusive, competitive programs at colleges, you may need to apply to up to 30 colleges. If your best friend knows exactly where he wants to go, and knows he can get in, he might apply to one college. The more you search, ponder, and apply based on your needs as a student, the fewer colleges you will need to apply to. And don't forget, applications, test score reports, and other things connected to college applications cost money.

Note: Did you know you could win a $10,000 scholarship for college or grad school just by registering on CollegeXpress? This is one of the quickest, easiest scholarships you’ll ever apply for. Register Now »