This question is on every parent’s and student’s lips by the time senior year in high school rolls around. Some students obsess about their college application process, and subsequently visit and apply to 20 colleges. Others may only apply to two or three. In reality, it is probably best to cast a wide net (within reason) when you are sending in your college applications. Evaluate schools based on your chances of admission – match up your academic profile with the average student at the school, using data provided by the school and what you can find online. Keep a good mix of schools, including places you’ll likely be accepted and one or two long-shot schools where you probably would not be accepted. The exact number of schools varies from person to person, but there’s really no good reason to have more than 13 colleges on your list, at the very top end. Conversely, having 3 or 4 is probably too few – strike a balance somewhere in the middle, and be sure to choose colleges that you feel good about.