Monday, November 13, 2006
<----- Borat-looking man with Magic and Mysterious Numbers.
I'm wondering if there is a "Magic Number" of "slots" to apply to. What I mean is...
Let's say you apply to ten schools. If each of them are small programs, with five slots in your genre, then that's only fifty slots you're applying for. On the other hand, if they're all bigger programs, with an average of say, fifteen slots to apply to, then that's 150 slots that you've got a shot at.
It doesn't seem to me that either direction (all small, all big) makes sense, because there are other criteria to consider. Still, if there isn't a "magic number," is there a smart number?
In other words, should you look to average eight, ten, or a higher number of slots per program? If you apply to ten programs, should you shoot for 80 available slots (and adapt your program choices accordingly)? Your opinion and experience is appreciated.