How do I figure out which schools to apply to ?

Deciding Where to Apply

Decide What Matters to You

Segment Your List Organize your list into three groups: reach schools (two), target schools (two to four), and likely admit schools (two). All of these should be schools you would be excited to attend. • “Reach” schools are colleges where your chance of being accepted may not be as high as at other institutions. • “Target” schools are strong matches, based on your academic profile, financial aid needs and social preferences. • “Likely admit” schools — sometimes called “safety” schools — are colleges where your test scores, GPA and class rank meet or exceed those needed for admission.