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Choosing Colleges & Playing it Safe

How do you see yourself – as a go-getter or as a realist? The answer that you give you to this question could define your college choosing strategy. To be successful with your career, you need to select the right college. So, what are the things that you need to consider while deciding which college you should attend?

When you are ready to attend a college, you have three options available – ‘reach’, ‘safety’ and ‘target’. Applying to a ‘reach’ school means applying at a college you might get enrolled in. Applying to a ‘safety’ school refers to a school where you should easily get in. The third option or the ‘target’ school means you give yourself a 50-50 chance of getting admission.

Now, as you have the three options obvious, you need to prepare a list of colleges which should include a few ‘reach’ colleges, a greater number of ‘target’ colleges and some ‘safety’ colleges. However, looking at the tough college admission environment, it is not wise to use the word ‘safety’ or ‘safety’ colleges.

Reaching for College Admissions
When you are applying to a ‘reach’ college you should be able to figure out the difference between a college which is a bit of a stretch and a college where there is just no possible way of getting in. Students should be well informed of the college admission standards, as they may vary from year to year. Be prepared with the up-to-date GPA and know the course requirement and test score average for the ‘reach’ school you are applying to.

Playing it Safe
When it comes to applying to a ‘safety’ school, it is not recommended to select a school only because you can easily get in. The rule of the thumb is to make sure that you like the ‘safety’ school or college you have selected. Students are advised to use their personalities to make a personal choice about the ‘safety’ school they want to attend.

Making no Mistakes
Do not get yourself in a situation where you will need to make a snap decision about ‘target’ colleges when the ‘reach’ college option does not work out. So, never try to put all your energies and efforts into only one category. Wise applicants submit applications to all the three categories – ‘reach’ colleges, ‘safety’ colleges and ‘target’ colleges. If you apply to all the three category colleges, you will always have options and will not need to make a snap decision if one options fails or does not work out.

If you keep these tips in mind while choosing colleges, you can always play it safe and have multiple options.

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