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Apply to one college?

Autumnfall555Autumnfall555 Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
edited June 2013 in College Admissions
Hello! I am a senior in high school. My ACT scores and GPA are above the average at the school I wish to attend. I have very strong extracurricular work also. I would have no problem getting accepted to the college. I have visited 5 of my top colleges. With much research and thinking I have come to the decision that I would like to apply to this one college. I have weighed all of my choices, I would be admitted, and the cost would not be an issue. In this situation, is it alright to apply to only ONE college? Thanks for your help!
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Replies to: Apply to one college?

  • azcatzazcatz Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
    Without knowing how selective your school to be is, it's hard to say. The worst case scenario is that you get rejected. What would you do? While you're pretty certain you'll match up with the school you want, I've read a lot of threads on this board about kids with fabulous scores, ECs etc who didn't get in where they thought they would.

    Not trying to be a Debbie Downer, but consider how you will feel and what you would do if, for some reason, you are not accepted. Could you, perhaps, apply ED to that one school and be prepared to apply somewhere else RD?
  • Rashad1996Rashad1996 Registered User Posts: 50 Junior Member
    Always apply to multiple schools, no matter how sure you are to get accepted into the school you want. You never know what could happen!
  • adscram14adscram14 Registered User Posts: 280 Junior Member
    Agree with Rashad. Flukes happen--make sure you have a backup plan (or two) just in case something goes awry.
  • momcincomomcinco Registered User Posts: 1,069 Senior Member
    Does this one school have Early Decision? Are you ready to take your chances on financial aid, if you need it (even in the future)? Are you sure you looked at enough schools to know what you want (big vs small, preprofessional vs liberal arts, near to home vs far from home, etc)? Do they have your major or subjects you are interested in? One more time, are you sure you can afford it for four years?

    If you said "no" to any of the above, rethink your plan.

    If you said "yes" to all the above, definitely go for Early Decision.

    HOWEVER, in the event you don't get accepted be sure to already have a back-up plan in place which includes "matches" and "safeties." In other words, a list and what you need to apply (e.g., SATs and SAT subject tests if needed, money for app fees, income info for FAFSA, etc) You don't want to scramble over winter break to look for schools, some of which you have never visited or researched, etc.

    If you answered "no" to any of the above, rethink your plan.
  • Autumnfall555Autumnfall555 Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    Thanks everyone! I would like to go to the University of Minnesota- Morris. I have looked into many other colleges. None of them fit as well as Morris does for me. Financially Morris is amazing. I can afford it for sure. Maybe early decision would be best.
  • SikorskySikorsky Registered User Posts: 5,851 Senior Member
    Autumnfall555, you are totally in luck! University of Minnesota-Morris practices what's called "rolling admissions." They review applications more or less as they come in, and they give applicants decisions throughout the year, rather than waiting to inform everyone in January or February or April.

    With rolling admissions colleges, you are better off to apply early in the year, while there are still lots of spaces available in the entering class. If you have academic credentials that match or surpass those of typical UM-Morris freshmen, and you apply early, you'll probably be admitted promptly. And if you are admitted promptly, and Morris is really where you want to go, and your family is really sure they can afford it, then you can stop applying once you get into Morris.

    Good luck.
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Registered User Posts: 28,090 Senior Member
    My nephew knew that he was an auto-admit to Iowa State University because of his GPA and ACT scores, is major was offered, and he knew that he could afford it. He sent off the electronic application before Thanksgiving dinner, and had his acceptance in the mail a week later. He has absolutely no regrets. He loved his years there.
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