Do not ignore the emails and outreach from safeties this time of year. It can be scholarships, fellowships, free summer programs, special housing, etc…
D21 had a well balanced list of high reaches, pretty likely, and safeties. About a third in each category. About 15 or 16 total I think.
She was fortunate to end up with acceptances in each bucket. There were deferrals and rejections along with acceptances in the high reach bucket and in the competitive merit rounds offered at some others - we soon realized those merit rounds were more selective than the high reaches.
Along the way she fell in love with the one that was showing her the most love. It was a safety with a unique program that had sparked some interest when researching college, but that she had not visited (except when under 5 - so that does not count - lol). She had nearly forgotten about applying since she had a few other safeties and EA application time was busy.
She took it personally when a local college did not try to entice her more even though she had just applied their because we made her during Covid when the idea of paying thousands for remote virtual was not appealing. Reflecting after not getting more money, she realized she had not put 100% into the interviews or even responding in a timely manner.
That experience and another round of merit interviews at another university prepared her for what she thought was a small scholarship at the safety. She is now thriving at UNH and turned down an Ivy and other higher ranked schools to be there. She ended up with a full scholarship, but that was not the deciding factor - it had not even been awarded yet.
There are so many great opportunities at all colleges. Rank does not determine the experience they will have, but not acting on opportunities offered now can impact their experience if that is where they go.