Is My College List Too Top-Heavy With Reach Schools?

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I'm a high school senior in Illinois. My parents and my counselor both said my college list is top heavy and that I need more safeties and matches. I have 11 reaches (all of the ivies, plus MIT, Stanford and Caltech) plus 3 matches (Duke, Northwestern and Vanderbilt) and 2 safeties (University of Illinois and Purdue). I think in a normal year that list of reaches might be excessive but this year since we don't know how things will work, I think it's fair to go for it with my 11 reaches. They said if you think this is a good idea, they will pay for all of the applications. What do you think?

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