The ease of applying to college has been hastened by the availability of online applications. No longer do applicants need to summon their best penmanship or—imagine this—find a typewriter to fill out applications. On the Common Application alone, an applicant can access roughly 800 colleges and universities. But how many applications should students send? And is there such a thing as too many?  Short answer: Yes. When it comes down to the end of the college application process, the applicants who tend to reap the best results are those who build and stick to reasonable lists, who spend the appropriate amount of time communicating with and applying to those schools, and who don’t spread themselves too thin. So what’s the magic number? Find out at

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