(Closed) How many universities did you apply to?

posted 7 years ago in College
Post # 3
1466 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Father's Vineyard Church/ A Touch of Class Banquet Center

Is this for grad or undergrad? I know that back when I was in high school I applied for about 7 different colleges and was accepted into all but one (Washington University at St. Louis). I had a 3.8 in high school and was also really active in activities and had a 28 ACT score.

As far as grad school, I know that every program has different guidelines, different criteria of what they are looking for etc. Some programs are willing ot let the grades be a little lower if they have an excellent background or recommendations, whereas others are super strict. You just have to really reasearch what you are looking at. What schools are you looking at?

Post # 4
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I applied to 6 different colleges, and got accepted to all of them. 4 of the 6 were in-state, with two being in connecting states. I ended up going to a school that’s two hours away from my home town…I think to go here you needed a 3.0 GPA and I had a 3.8. It mostly focused more on class standing and ACT/SAT scored. 

Post # 5
5296 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

I applied to one school. It was an out-of-state public university. I don’t know for sure what the GPA requirement was and can’t find it on the website. Their admittance is based on that, SAT/ACT, and graduating class percentile. I would say it had to be 3.00 for out-of state, but I know there were plenty of people there who didn’t look like they could have gotten that good of a GPA in high school.

I had a 3.95/4.00 when I applied, 30 on the ACT and no class rank as I was homeschooled – so they would have split that weighting on my GPA and ACT score.

Post # 6
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think these days unless its an Ivy league or a very competitive and specific program, they are fairly easy to get into.

I applied to 5 colleges throught my schooling years and I got into all of them. I had decent grades in highschool but wasn’t some crazy extracurricular gal. I had one passion and thats all I really focused on. Biggest part would be perhaps something like an essay that would  really let them get to know you as an invidual as opposed to a resume of accomplishments.

As far as gradschool, I know it is very particular in GRE scores and pre-reqs.


Post # 7
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m assuming you mean undergrad…

For undergrad (5 total):

2 PA Public Universities: Accepted, offer to apply for honors college and scholarship (45 mn away, 3-4 hours away, min GPA was 84-87)

1 PA Private University: Accepted, good scholarship (8+ hours away, no stated min GPA, probably 87-92)

1 IL Private University: Denied (12 hours, average GPA was 95+)

1 TX Private University: Accepted, good scholarship (24-26 hours away, min GPA=? most seem to have been 90+ depending on program)

My GPA coming out of high school was a 93.3 but I had national and state awards, decent SAT/ACT scores, diverse, committed extra ciric schedule and a lot of volunteering

Post # 8
14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I got into all but two that I applied too, and got invitations to attend two others.  None were local.  My GPA wasn’t great (I don’t remember what it was) but my test scores were really high and I was a member of an exclusive intellect group.  To be honest, I ignored the requirements and applied anyway as I never would have gotten into anythin but local with my GPA.  I must have done something right as I got into all but 2, and some of them were elite schools.  Just wish I could have afforded any of them.

Post # 9
1327 posts
Bumble bee

One lol, I just went to our local university.

Post # 10
1714 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I was originally going in for med school, and in the UK you can only apply to a max of four med schools and a 5th non-med choice (it had to be in something like biology, chem, biomedical etc). I got interviews and places at all med schools, just I didn’t think I should go through with it when I didn’t really WANT to do it. So I rejected my offers and applied for philosophy and psychology. Through that process (called Extra) you can only apply to one uni at a time. But here for Masters, you can apply to as many as you want to.

Post # 12
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If this is for undergrad, I applied to 6 schools – half in state, half out of state.  I was accepted into all of them.  I can’t remember exactly what my high school GPA was but it was pretty good and I had a 27 on my ACT, which seemed to be the preferred score for most of the programs I was applying to.

If this is for grad school, I applied to 2 schools – both in state, and was accepted into both of them with fellowship offers.   My undergrad GPA wasn’t stellar (just over a 3.0/4.0) but I had boatloads of activities I had participated in throughout undergrad, including academic, social, athletic, and volunteer organisations with numerous leadership positions.  I also did a lot of volunteer work during undergrad.  I think all of these things gave me an edge more so than my GPA.  

Post # 13
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I applied to 3 colleges – all 3 out of state, private universities – and got accepted to 2 of them. The 3rd was my “reach” school so I knew it might not happen but was still a little bummed when I didnt get it!

Post # 14
1415 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

About 10, all out of state and one in state as a safety. I ended up staying in state. 🙂 It was about 5 hours from my hometown. 

Post # 15
14481 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I applied to 4 local schools and one out of state.  The one out of state and one local were reach school (MIT & Cornell) just to satisfy my parents and say I applied even though I was pretty sure I had no chance of getting in.  And the others were pretty much safety (BU, NU, Umass) and I got into them.  I dont know if they had a required GPA, but my HS GPA was about 3.25 I think.

Post # 16
3226 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think I applied to 7, and got into 6…or maybe 8, and got into 7…soemthing like that


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