How many initial schools should a junior keep on his list? He has several mid-level D1 schools including Ivies, a few showing interest via emails, a top D3 school, and several average D3 schools. All are good academically, yet the only ones showing interest are Ivies, which we thought would be a stretch yet they know his SAT and AP scores, and GPA.
He is looking at about ten schools, but feels that the D3 schools aren't showing that much interest so might add more schools. Is that too many?
And for D3 schools; is it normal that they don't communicate as much as D1 schools? Some great D3 choices for him aren't returning his emails, but on paper they should be jumping at him much more than Ivies.