I am a rising senior in the early stages of my college application process. Currently, there are 13 schools on my list including 5 Reaches, 3 Matches, and 3 safeties. There are two other schools that I am interested in adding to this list, one being a safety, and the other being a reach.
I want to decrease this list, but I am also applying to BS/MD programs and merit scholarships, and these programs come from each category, so taking away a school could mean taking away from a match, safety, or reach school alike. I cannot apply to all because the total fees would be almost $930+ just for application fees, not including sending scores. Also, I am looking for the best financial aid deal through means of scholarships and also a great pre-med track and Public Health major/concentration at the school.
I understand it is a possibility I might not end up applying to all these schools anyhow because they all have different deadlines and I could hear back from them at different times, however, several of the schools require a fully committed application process because in addition to getting accepted to the merit scholarship or specific program, they require an extensive interview process and the scholarship is not awarded until you get to the finalist stage.
What should I do?
Also, yes, I am interested in these schools beyond their BS/MD programs; I would still attend if I was not accepted into the program if it was the best deal. Despite applying to competitive programs, I am really not super interested in prestige. I am interested in something that would accommodate me financially and support me professionally.