Call them what you may – likely, foundation, strong possibility, or no problem colleges – there is no such thing as a safety school anymore. Most students consider a “safety” (a term, it should be known, that colleges themselves universally find distasteful) to be a school that nearly guarantees them admission. In other words, the students’ grades, rigor, and test scores place them so far above the typical admitted student, that gaining admission into those particular colleges seems to be a sure thing, a slam dunk. But as someone who – for the past 13 years – has diligently created lists of best fit colleges for high school seniors, I know that the days of feeling secure in a safety school are long gone.
The college decision can be a stressful one. It feels like your life hangs in the balance, and if you don’t attend the “right” school, you’re setting yourself up for a lifetime of failure.
Plenty of research has shown, however, that this is simply not the case.
Guest Post by Sarah Pascarella of Edmit
If you’re creating your college list, you’re no doubt familiar with the three standard categories: safety schools, good fit schools, and stretch schools. While these categories are important, they often only take academics into account. And with the ongoing crisis of student loan debt for new graduates, there may be another focus for your college list that’s just as important as academics: affordability and value.