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How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - October 30th 2010, 03:27 PM

So my college counselor at school said to apply to at least eight colleges. Almost all of my friends are applying to at least ten. I'm applying to three. Most people are shocked, but I'm 99% sure I will get into all three.
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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - October 30th 2010, 03:59 PM

Well I know english college is different to american college but when I finished high school I applied for 2 different colleges. I already had a definate place at one so I didn't really need to apply for any others


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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - October 30th 2010, 04:01 PM

Like Jen said, its different in england. Isn't college in America uni? I don't know :P

But i just applied for my sixth form. I decided if I didn't get in, I was going to take a year out because I didn't want to go somewhere else.


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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - October 30th 2010, 04:14 PM

I'm applying to university. I think it works differently here as we apply for a specific degree as opposed to the university itself. I'm applying for 3 courses in one university, and probably a couple back up courses in a few other universities. I'm almost 100 percent sure that I'll get into my first choice course anyway. We usually put about 10 course choices down, but you don't have to.

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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - October 30th 2010, 04:21 PM

Applying for Uni here the maximum amount of courses you can apply to is 5 so I applied for the same course in 5 different uni's.

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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - October 30th 2010, 04:43 PM

I applied to a think two.
   
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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - October 30th 2010, 04:46 PM

I think I applied to four or five because the guidance staff recommended five schools, for grad school they recommend 7-10 which is scaring me a bit


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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - October 30th 2010, 05:54 PM

I'm applying to 5. 2 public and 3 private, as suggested by my guidance counselor.

Also, most information about applying to college recommends you narrow your list of colleges down to 8 or less... It's going to be an overwhelming amount of applications and essays for your friends if they're applying to 10 or more places. And it's going to cost more because of application fees.

Since you're confident about where you're applying, I don't think applying to 3 schools is too little.


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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - October 30th 2010, 10:52 PM

I applied (Canada) to around 8-9 universities in my province (i.e. within state). I had a few in mind that at the time, I would have loved to go to and the rest were mostly back-up ones or ones that I'd be satisfied but not particularly amazed about going to. Most people I know applied to around 4-5 with 1-3 of them being their favourite with a few back-ups. I also figured applying to around 9 universities would ensure I wouldn't get into some so the decision could be easier but I managed to get into all them so that didn't quite help filter any out.


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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - October 30th 2010, 11:25 PM

I went to tech college, for welding, and I had applied to 3 different colleges.


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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - October 31st 2010, 01:14 AM

I only applied to one, and ended up regretting it, because well...I didn't get to choose where to go. I was just stuck with the one. When I go back to college I'm going to go for a year and transfer. When I transfer I'm going to apply to a few different ones.
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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - October 31st 2010, 01:42 AM

College applications are far too expensive to throw out hundreds of dollars for 10+ applications, and it's not necessary. Pick your top 3 or 5, and then select an alternate plan of action just in case. People like applying to a lot of colleges because it gives you a variety of options just in case some don't accept you. That's great and all, but if you get in to several of them, that just makes the decision of where to go even harder and it becomes more stressful. In my opinion, apply to no more than 5 - 3 or 4 of your absolute top picks, and then 1 or 2 as "safe" options (that you're almost sure you'll get in).
I applied to one school early action, and got in. I knew that was where I wanted to be, so I didn't bother applying anywhere else. Why drop $50 for 7 other "maybes"?


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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - October 31st 2010, 02:22 AM

TEN?!?!? that's dishing out some cash! I applied to three



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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - October 31st 2010, 04:05 PM

It's probably because you're in California, my dad lives there and he says it's extremely competative because there are so many kids who live there and then a bunch that want to go to school there because it's California. My dad kept nagging me to apply to more because he didn't realize that Ohio is a lot less competative.


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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - October 31st 2010, 10:35 PM

In my senior year, preparing to enter university, I applied to 2, and got accepted by both. When I decided a change was in order, I applied to 1, and got accepted. If you know you're qualified and that the school isn't overwhelmed by excessive numbers of applicants, there is no need to apply to 7 other schools you don't really want to attend.


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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - November 2nd 2010, 02:10 PM

I applied to 10 schools, all public schools in California. Got into 6 of them. If you don't know where you want to go for sure (for example I hadn't visited ANY schools when I applied), it's good to have backups... and also you never know you might get rejected from schools you thought you'd get into. -_-
   
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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - November 2nd 2010, 02:23 PM

I applied to 15/16 schools (I forget). It was the best decision I made. It not only kept my options open to give me more time to decide where I wanted to go, but being rejected had much less of an impact since I had so many other schools to hear back from.


   
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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - November 2nd 2010, 03:42 PM

Well, it's different here but we have a limit of 5 choices in England. I'm filling all 5 slots
   
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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - November 2nd 2010, 08:03 PM

Two.

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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - November 2nd 2010, 10:24 PM

I took a bit of a risk and only applied to one university. However, my results even before final exams put me in the 'guaranteed entrance' category. If I wasn't in that category, I would have applied to 2 more.


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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - November 3rd 2010, 02:23 AM

i'm applying to...0.
hah. i'm taking a year off. I'd probably apply to 3 though. seems like a good number.
   
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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - November 3rd 2010, 03:17 AM

10? Seriously. Most of them have fees around $50, that's insane...

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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - November 3rd 2010, 03:37 AM

I'm actually only applying to the one school in my city, I've already taken a couple courses through them. Just don't know what I want to do yet :P



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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - November 3rd 2010, 03:38 AM

Its different here you don't apply to colleges you take a test and depending on the results the college determines if you are smart enough to get in. I was going to take only one test because I had my mind already set in one college in particular, but ended up taking 2 just in case the one I wanted didn’t accept me I had a backup plan but I ended up been accepted to the first choice. The tests here are about can rank from $100-200 depending on how cool the college is.


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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - November 4th 2010, 12:20 AM

I am in the United States, and I only applied to two, and I was accepted to both. With the grades I had, I would have been accepted to probably any college. I'm terrible when it comes down to making decisions, and I had a hard enough time making a decision between the two I did. I cannot imagine what it would have been like having to decide between eight colleges. :/ I'm already beginning to wonder if I made the right decision...sigh.
   
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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - November 4th 2010, 12:41 AM

I'm applying to one safety, three mid-range, and one hopeful. I don't want to waste too much cash on applications and I pretty much know what I want to do with my life already.


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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - November 4th 2010, 01:03 AM

I applied to 12. I got accepted to 4. Waitlisted to like 3. April first was a fun day to open up all the rejection letters.



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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - November 4th 2010, 06:13 PM

I'll apply to 5 (the maximum here in England) next year.
   
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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - November 4th 2010, 07:27 PM

I applied to one....got into that one.


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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - November 4th 2010, 09:19 PM

umm *blushes* didn't apply to any yet...but gonna apply for one tonight


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Re: How many colleges are you/did you apply to? - November 5th 2010, 11:06 PM

i'm applying next year and i'll be applying for five. pretty much everyone here applies for 5 because that's how it works - we have a very different system to the US.


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