How many colleges should I apply to?
This is a matter of personal choice. It's not so much the quantity of schools applied to, it's the selection of schools that is most important. Every student should apply to at least one school that the student and counselor feel is a "safe" school, meaning that the chances of acceptance are very high. Students should also consider a "reach" school, a college a student would love to attend if they got in, even if they are not sure if they can get in. The other schools should be reasonable based on a student's academic record, provided the school has everything a student is looking for in a college. The best way to avoid applying to too many schools is to start early on the college search so you can eliminate schools before you even get to the application process. Applying to 5 schools is usually plenty. Many students need to apply to fewer.