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But keep in mind that even schools you think would be thrilled to have you--backwater no-name places with no reputation at all--may turn you down. I got into a really competitive school yet was turned down by several of my "safeties"...

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"Safety" simply means that the school doesn't have a huge name and that you will face far less competition in applicants than a "Reach" school.

So let's say: Harvard vs. Southern University and A&M.

Chances are, Harvard will have 500 applicants for a program whereas SUAM will have 20. The odds of you getting into SUAM are much greater simply because of a numbers game.

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