I have encouraged my daughter to apply to as many schools as she can with more than one safe school thrown in the mix. She is really dragging her feet making her final choices. A good friend's son only applied to one "safe" school and was really unhappy when that was where he wound up. (He was able to transfer after freshman year to his 1st choice, so happy ending!) My feeling is that if she winds up at a safe school at least she would have a choice.