The "Safeties"

<p>Okay we know about the 'reaches', (tough chances of getting in) the 'matches' (fair chances of getting in), 'safeties' (very good chances of getting in). Surely Ivy Leagues generally go uner 'reaches'. </p>

<p>What I want to find out are the 'matches' and 'safeties'.
Please tell me if you can, which colleges would you consider to go under the tags of 'matches' and 'safeties'. Colleges which are good AND have good chances of taking in.</p>

<p>Thank you.</p>

<p>It all depends on the student. A reach for an average student could be a high-achiever's safety.</p>

<p>That is entirely dependent on what your stats are. For some people, a school like Emory could be a match. For others, a reach. For others still, it could even be a safety.</p>

<p>^^ I agree. It's a function of the student's grades, class rank, scores, and the school's acceptance rates.</p>

<p>It depends on the student. </p>

<p>I would say that as a general rule of thumb a school where all of your stats put you well up in the top 25% of enrolled students AND the school has an acceptance rate of at least 30% can be considered a true safety.</p>

<p>For publics, it can also depend on whether a student is "in-state" or OOS.</p>

<p>Another affordability. A safety isn't a safety if you get accepted but can't afford to go there. One school could be a financial safety for one "high stats" student because of assured merit aid, while it won't be a financial safety for a student who must pay "full freight."</p>

<p>It's better to have Financial Safeties - schools that you're likely to be accepted to AND you can afford by directly paying, assured scholarships, or assured FA (or some combo)...and if necessary, some small loans.</p>

<p>okay say somebody's 'reaches' are princeton, UCLA and UPenn. what can be his 'matches'? or 'safeties'?</p>

<p>P'ton and Penn are reaches for everyone, UCLA is close to that. Does the student want a small or large school? Urban/Suburban/Rural? Can the student afford to pay $50K/yr?</p>

<p>tweepem... you aren't quite understanding what each and every other person has posted in your thread... it DEPENDS ON THE PERSON. You cannot just say "okay someone's reaches are pton, UCLA, and UPenn, what are his matches/safeties?" It does not worth that way, these schools are all very selective, and many different levels of qualified or unqualified applicants apply. You will either have to give us your stats or make some up.</p>

<p>Emory and JHU, perhaps</p>

<p>i DO understand you.
what I wanted to know were the names of some colleges which aren't as famous as say, UCLA, or harvard, princeton, or columbia, but are still good colleges, and is 'not bad' if you apply to and get selected, too. </p>

<p>Thank you, ilovebagels, i guess i wanted to know something like that.
Although i thought johns hopkins fell under 'reaches'.</p>

<p>Okay. Say I have 25% chances of getting in a college which has a percenage acceptance of 30%?</p>

<p>some more or less good colleges.</p>

<p>Tweepem, are you from the US? You don't seem familiar with some of the college terms used here. Have you looked at Common Data Sets, available through You can also do an extensive search for schools there, based on about 50 items regarding college life.</p>

<p>If you are an international student, there is a whole range of extra problems, starting with the financial aid department.</p>

<p>Hopkins is a reach for most people. Any school with an acceptance rate below 25% is going to be difficult. Matches would be where your statistics are above the median test scores and GPA, and the acceptance rate is over 25%. </p>

<p>With over 3,000 colleges in the US, there are a number of other considerations. If all you know is a college's name and reputation, you aren't going to find the ones that are your best fit.</p>