However, if you have submitted a handful of apps, you may be subject to this weird feeling of deficit-thinking: “What if I’m not doing enough? Maybe I should find more schools to apply to rn!”
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So there are some guidelines.
And, the reality is that the “how many apps?” question is quite individual, depending on your personal priorities in a school and how easy or hard the essays turn out to be (most people find them to be REALLY hard at first, but many people also find their groove and it gets easier, the more work they put in through the cycle; shamelessly plug for the Complete Essay Package goes here!).
As with the important things in life, it’s the QUALITY of the apps, and how well the app strategy is targeted, that has the greatest bearing on success. However, even with that, all the schools’ decisions are independent events, and there is an element of luck to this too, given the level of competition and the way that demand far outstrips supply in this ecosystem.
Strategy strategy strategy. That’s the most important part of this whole getting-in thing. Create a plan, then stick to it! With adjustments made rationally and with forethought and deliberation. Those are the folks we tend to see make it in.