Reach, Target, And Safety Schools | What’s The Difference?

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Have you heard of the terms, Reach, Target, and Safety Schools? If so, do you know what they mean?
 
When applying to colleges, students should create a prospective college list.

This list should contain 10-12 colleges. 

While all of these schools should be institutions that fit the student’s criteria, they must be chosen in a strategic manner.

Reach Schools: 

• Schools where your academics rank lower than those of the majority of accepted students
• The acceptance rates of these schools are low while admission standards are high
• Reach schools should make up 25% of your prospective college list
• Chances of admission are lower

Target Schools: 

•  Schools where your academics are ranked within those of the majority of accepted students
•  Acceptance rates of these schools are slightly higher, yet admission standards are still high
•  Target schools should make up 50% of your prospective college list
•  Chances of admission are reasonable; typically better than 50-50

Safety Schools:

• Schools where your academics higher than those of the majority of accepted students
• Acceptance rates of these schools are high while admission standards are a bit lower
• Reach schools should make up 25% of your prospective college list
• Chances of admission are higher

A few important tips to remember: 

  • Every list is different for every student. At the end of the day, you should make a list of schools where you see yourself being the happiest!
  • Just because a Reach School has a low acceptance rate, it does not mean you will not be accepted.
  • Put the same amount of thought and effort into finding Safety Schools, since there might be a chance you end up there.
  • Create a College Board Account and use their search engine to find schools that interest you.
  • Be realistic about the institutions that you put on your list.
  • Research the percentage of financial aid met by the colleges in your list. (It must match your household EFC number) 

Remember that colleges look for individuals who go the extra mile and stand out from the rest, so go get them!
 

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