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There's no magic number, but we recommend your child apply to at least 3 reach colleges, 2 matches, and 1 safety school.

It's also a good idea to include at least one public state college because tuition for in-state residents will be much lower than for out-of-state applicants. Just be sure it's a good academic fit for your child and aligns with their major interests.

Learn more about finalizing your child’s college list.