Applying to college and not sure where to start? That stack of applications may look scary, but we asked some current college students for advice and encouragement on the whole process.

Apply to reach schools

Claire, a sophomore at NYU, recommends not limiting yourself when it comes to choosing a college.

“My best advice is to apply to the reach schools that you really love but don’t think you could get in, because you might be exactly who they’re looking for,” she says.

Be selective in your choices

While it’s a good idea to look for schools that are reaches, safeties, and a few in between, applying to too many can lead to a stressful admissions process, says Yasmeen, a sophomore at NYU.

“I wanted to apply everywhere and I applied to way too many schools,” she says. “I didn’t really know where I wanted to go and I didn’t know what I wanted to major in, so that was very anxiety inducing.”

Read More.