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Question What's the wisdom of applying broadly?

Hey all,
Question for those who are applying broadly. That should be a reason why you do that, either attempts, old grad , low scores etc. I'm looking at my customized list of programs, I'm eligible to apply to about 50 programs, so why do I need to apply to another 100+, if they dont even look at such an application and will trash it. Plus its a huge money waste.
Anybody can tell me where the wisdom is "to apply....broadly"?
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honestly it depends on your scores and profile .

even high scores apply to 100 at least , its wise to apply more rather than failing the match and applying next year that would be more costly .
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honestly it depends on your scores and profile .

even high scores apply to 100 at least , its wise to apply more rather than failing the match and applying next year that would be more costly .
I'm a little frustrated. 100+ programs ask for higher scores, recent YOG and no attempts. How smart will be to apply to those programs if my profile doesn't meet their requirements? just take a chance and apply blindly? and pray they will not notice my red flags and invite me for interview any ways? It just doesn't make a lot of sense to me! Dont get me wrong, I have money to apply to over 200 programs , its not my point.
The whole situation is making me frustrated
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I agree with you that applying haphazardly to programs even if you don't match their criteria is non-sense.

However, you need to carefully design your list. Many programs have no set criteria and for example they say (desired or preferred) instead of saying (must be or required).

Therefore, it's difficult to say that only 50 programs can look at your profile. I bet there are another 50 programs that can potentially (even though at small chance) look at your profile.

Therefore, I suggest you carefully research the programs one by one and slowly pile up more in your list.

The issue here, is that you will not forgive yourself later, you will say "I should have tried everything I can".

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Are you sure you're only eligible for 50 programs? Is this in IM? Don't rely on customized lists too much. Go to the programs' websites. Some criteria are hard and fast rules, but some of the are flexible. Programs also look at you application as a whole. If you're a green card holder or a citizen, even with low scores, you'll have a higher chance of getting in. If the PD also knows the writer of your LOR, he might prefer you over other candidates.
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