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Safety Schools

“Safety schools” are colleges at which you have a very high probability of being admitted (though there are no guarantees). Maybe your grades or scores place you well above the average range for that specific school; maybe the soccer coach or the conductor of the orchestra is dying to have you join. Applying to a couple of safety schools is always a smart idea. It’s like having a spare tire in the trunk. Imagine applying exclusively to your target and reach schools and then finding yourself in the midst of a very competitive admissions landscape with zero back up. Not fun!