Sorry for asking yet another question here. I’m still a little confused about whether or not my college list is good (even though I’ve already gotten tons of advice).
This is what I have right now:
University of Alabama, University of Illinois, Baylor, University of Georgia, University of Florida, Wake Forest, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, Brown
Intended major: education
Ecs: varsity sport, daycare job
I’m pretty sure the first two colleges on my list are good as safeties, and the next two as matches. Beyond that is where I’m a little lost. I like UF and Wake Forest and based on the other times I’ve asked, they’re realistic reaches for me. My top choice is Vanderbilt, but are UVA, Vanderbilt, and Brown too unrealistic to apply to? The main reason I’m asking is because as much as I’d love to go to one of those schools, I just don’t want to spend all of the time and money working on the applications and have nothing to show for it.
Would it be better to apply to more safeties and no reaches? Or one safety since I have one that I love (Alabama) and a lot of reaches, or should I add more matches? Does it even matter?
I guess what I’m really trying to ask here is: my dream school is Vanderbilt, and my plan has been to apply early decision there. However, I just don’t know if my chances are so low that it would be pointless and if I should try to focus my attention somewhere else and not even apply there. Would it be worth it?
Basically, I’m still not sure what to do since I’d love to go to Vanderbilt but am really not sure if I have any chance at all, and as a second choice I’d love to go to Alabama, but I still want to have other options, and I don’t know if I want to apply to Vanderbilt if I have zero chance at all. I’d really appreciate any advice that anyone could give me.