Start by Creating Your List of Schools
How many colleges should you apply to? People say, anywhere from 1 to 25. For those who are tending toward 25, you may be asking yourself why you should limit yourself when it comes to one of the most important decisions of your life.
Answer: it’s a lot of work, it costs about $65 to apply to each (ranging up to $90 for Stanford), and it means you haven’t narrowed down what you’re looking for in a school.
Conventional wisdom among college counselors is to apply to 8 to 12 colleges, so you can focus your efforts and intention, and you’re including safety schools, target schools and stretch schools on your list.
For those who are applying to just one college, early action (non-binding) or early decision (binding) are strong options for you – get college admissions squared away and enjoy your senior year.
For regular admissions, you’ll be waiting to hear around middle to end of March for most schools. Make sure to check the school’s website or the College Board website to find out when and how you’ll be notified.