mrfuga0 Posted February 27, 2009 Share Posted February 27, 2009 As a veteran of this process (this is time #4 for PhD applications and I FINALLY got in to a great school), I'm curious how people view the term "safety school". I've seen more than a few board posts that list only really top tier schools (Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Berkley, UCLA, etc.) and results posts that say things like "Got rejected from Stanford, my safety school!" Maybe I'm naive, but I was always of the opinion that a safety school is a school that you can get into no matter what, not a top twenty name-check school. Perhaps I'm carrying over an old-school idea from undergraduate education (I HAVE been doing a lot of higher ed research at work this month ...) wherein you always apply to one school that you wouldn't necessarily WANT to go to, but you WOULD go to, because, really, what's the alternate if you don't get in to an undergraduate institution? Be an unemployed 18 year old who still lives at home? So, the question on the table is: Has the term "safety school" changed when it is applied to graduate school? Does it still mean a school you KNOW you will get into because it is lowly and not worthy of your love? Or does it simply mean a school that is not your #1 choice? In that case, is there a better term for this idea than "safety school"? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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