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How to balance numbers of schools vs casting a larger net for best outcome (admission/aid)?
I am still fairly new to this process. I am trying to help S build a good list of schools to apply to and would like to hear your thoughts on this.
I read that in general, students should keep the list short, up to 8 schools. As of now, we have 19 schools sitting on the "List of colleges I am thinking about" in S's Naviance.
S is a B+/A- student. Due to his so-so stats, I feel compelled we need a bigger list for the following reasons:
1) To boost his chances for admissions to as good of a school as he could get into;
2) To cast a larger net for a bigger fish - I am talking merit aid, even if it is just a few thousands (our EFC is so high, S does not qualify for need-based aid for most of the schools on our list)
19 is too many. But 8? That is too short of a list. Am I crazy? How do I balance this list?