As you compile your college list, it is important to take into account your chances of acceptance by sorting the schools into Reach, Target, and Good Bet categories. It is paramount you apply to a mix of schools among the three categories, and make sure you would be happy attending any of the schools on your list, even a Good Bet school.
So how are Reach, Target, and Good Bet colleges defined?
A Reach school is one where your likelihood of admission is rather slim in that your GPA and standardized test scores are in the bottom 25 percent of scores typically accepted by that college. The general rule dictates if a college accepts less than 30 percent of its applicants, it should be considered a reach for everyone.
A Target school is defined as a school where your academic credentials fall well within the school's range for the average freshman. Specifically, a Target school is one where your GPA and standardized test scores are in the middle 50 percent of the applicants admitted in the past. Target schools generally have acceptance rates of approximately 50 percent.
A Good Bet school is one where your GPA and standardized test scores are near or in the top 25 percent of accepted students. Generally, Good Bet schools have acceptance rates higher than 60 percent.
Come April of senior year, all students want several acceptances in hand, all students want choices. This is only possible with a well planned, highly researched, and balanced college list.
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