What is the "Cluster Effect"?

Question: What is the "Cluster Effect"? How about "stretch" and "safety" schools?

Most well-informed high school seniors know that there must be a strategy in place before they start their college application process. Though you may have a perfectly good set of reasons to apply to the colleges on your short list, there could be a major flaw in your plan. One of these common flaws is the Cluster Effect.

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