Choosing the college that is right for you is important and since applying does take time and effort it is probably wise to apply to no more than 2-3 colleges. 

Below is an organized table information that was gathered on 5 colleges. For today, pretend that theses are the colleges you are interested in and make decisions about which you would apply to.

Things to Consider

Palo Alto

UTSA

UT Austin

Notre Dame

UCLA

Admission Requirements

SAT /ACT

Top 25%; No Essay 

My SAT low; Essay

Recommendations

My SAT low; Essay

Recommendations

My SAT low; Essay

Applications

No fee

$70; waivers$75; waivers
$75; waivers
$70; waivers
Career Goals

Credits Transfer

to UT/UTSA





College Environment
GoodGoodGoodGood but COLDGood
Distance

Close byVery FarVery Far
Opportunities for Growth










Point Value: 10

Which Colleges do I Apply to? 

Use the information above to decide on 3 colleges based on the following 3 "S" recommendations: 







College #1: "SURE" choice--you like it and you are sure you can get in






College #2: "SAFETY" choice--a backup you can easily get into, in case you need it  






College #3: "STRETCH" choice--you would really like to go, but unsure you can get in

In the form below enter what college you would choose as "SURE", "SAFETY", and "STRETCH" and why you decided on each.