Clever username wrote:
prob to be able to YP someone.
I'm sorry, I don't follow you. What does YP mean?
It means yield protect. If, say, you apply to UNC, Duke, Virginia, Cornell, Georgetown, GW, Fordham, BC and Colorado, North Carolina will likely reject you because they figure if you're applying to all those higher-ranked schools you'll probably attend one of those over UNC, thus lowering its percentage of admitted students who actually attend. It's all a part of the rankings bullshit.
The best way to guard against that is apply to some reaches and some safeties with UNC closer to the top but not at the top. It lets them know you don't consider them a safety, but it also could inspire them to work harder to keep you if they see they might lose you to a school a few spots ahead.
I'm applying at Wake Forest, UGA, UT-Knoxville, Alabama, William and Mary (all within 10 or so ranks of UNC) and UVA, W&L, GW, William and Mary, and Emory (all higher ranked than UNC and ALL reaches for me). I've not applied any of them YET, so again, the question is, do I say "No, I've not applied to any other schools" which is true, or do I say, "I'm planning on applying to these schools (listed above)?"
Thanks for the advice.