Do I need a safety school?

<p>I have applied to: Brown, Dartmouth, Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Pomona, Williams and Amherst. I am starting to get worried as to realistically, where I will get accepted to. I don’t want to end up with only one option and feeling forced to attend that one school. So my question is, if you were in my position, would you add any other schools to this list? </p>

<p>A little info about me:
SAT: 750 Math, 720 Writing, 700 Reading.
Subject Tests: 750 Math I, 700 Math II, 720 Literature.
GPA: 4.0
AP exams: 4 Eng Lang/Comp, 4 Calc AB</p>

<p>What I do have going for me is I come from a small town in Alaska. </p>

<p>Please give me honest advice, I would really appreciate it. Thank you.</p>

<p>Child, please add some safety schools to that list. It's not that your scores are not competitive, it's just that the schools on your list are ridiculously competitive and you are only setting yourself up for disappointment come April.</p>

<p>If you don't add some match and safety schools, there is a good chance that come April you'll have no choices, not even one. You could easily get denied at every school on your list.</p>

<p>I agree - you need safeties/fits. You have good scores, and an interesting hook, but the schools you are applying to have around 10% acceptance rates for RD. They are long shots for just about everyone, even if they have 2400 SAT. And you shouldn't assume that applying to six 10% chances is a guarantee of one acceptance.</p>

<p>I don't know what your intended major is, but there are so many great colleges out there that you can certainly find a few match/safety schools. Also, be sure to find financial safeties - ones that you know you will like, will be admitted, AND can afford.</p>

<p>I only applied to Brown with 1870 SAT, 600 Physics, and 690 Math2, but that's cause I'm ridiculous. For others, like you, I'd suggest to apply to safeties~</p>

<p>I completely agree with all the above posters. You not only need a financial safety school, you need some MATCH schools. Assuming you are more math and science oriented, perhaps looking at engineering as a major, preferring small or medium in size, look at schools similar in selectivity as say a Bucknell or a USC.</p>

<p>I agree with the advice above. Any 'top 20' school, despite sensational test scores and GPAs, is a complete crapshoot. ANY of those schools can reject you because of where you are from, something you said (or did not say) in an essay, or any of 100 subjective reasons. While it is likely that at least one of those schools will take you, the absolute saddest stories are extremely qualified students who were EXTREMELY UNLUCKY and got into NONE of their schools because they did not have a match/safety. You do NOT want to be the only one left at the dance without a 'partner'. It would take so little to add a school that you are at least a match and would be reasonably happy to go to, even though it is extremely unlikely that you would end up there. You are not 'slumming it' to apply, just being logical and thoughtful--something that you probably are if you have those scores and GPA. Do it.</p>

<p>That looks a lot like my list did but I definitely had safeties on there - for me, UCs (in-state tuition!) and some other small liberal-arts but less competitive schools. For your own sake, please please please add safeties. Just in case.</p>

<p>Your list is top-heavy.</p>

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<p>As you should. Your scores are "good" in the nebulous, undefined sense, but they put you on the lower end of the spectrum for all of your schools, and every school on your list would be a reach even with higher scores. Not only do you need safeties; you need matches.</p>

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I don't want to end up with only one option and feeling forced to attend that one school.

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<p>As another poster said, you may very well have no choices in May with a list this top-heavy. Some mid-level LACs might be a good idea for matches.</p>

<p>everyone needs atleast a few safety schools....</p>

<p>Your going to be rejected at most of those-</p>

<p>Apply to a safety, like maybe Princeton or MIT?</p>

<p>You don't need safety schools, if your safety is a gap-year and applying to a new set of schools next year.</p>

<p>If you definitely want to go to college next year, choose 1 school you are 100% sure of getting in - and you'd be happy going to. Choose two more that are "low matches". You may get into your top choices but you may not.</p>

<p>If you give some info about what you are looking for in terms of a school (location, town/city, majors, liberal/conserv, frats.distrib requirements..), CCers can give you some ideas of where else you might want to apply.</p>

<p>Good luck!</p>

<p>Yes, you need safety schools. Apply to the U of Alaska right now. It shouldn't take long to do it and they might give you some scholarship money.</p>

<p>After U of A is out of the way, search these forums for a thread that recommends safeties for several of the schools on your list. It's something like "If you like__<strong><em>, then consider _</em></strong>." I just searched myself, but didn't find it. But, somebody will. There are good suggestions there.</p>

<p>There isn't even a target school on that list, which is REALLY REALLY REALLY scary.</p>

<p>Definitely add some lower end schools in there and, while at that, schools that you like. Another benefit is that you'll stand out more in admissions at those schools and potentially get money!</p>