A former student came to me today with a stack of recommendations he'd like me to fill out. He's applying to eight schools.
Think of the consequences for the system as a whole. If every student applied to eight schools, the paperwork in the admissions office would be overwhelming. Students would be offered admission to multiple campuses, meaning other students get waitlisted at schools where the people who got accepted really have no intention to attend. Unnecessary tears are shed, extra hoops have to be jumped--all because students weren't confident enough to apply to a reasonable number and level of school.
How many "safety net" schools do you need to apply to? And really, who came up with this idea of a "safety net" school?
It's seems mad to me--mad, I tell you.
How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Admissions Process. Yeah, that sounds like a winner.
Update: If applying to way too many colleges isn't enough to give your kid a warm fuzzy, up the ante a bit and hire a $40,000 admissions coach while your kid's still in junior high!