So I'm trying to limit myself to 15 schools. There are so many great schools out there that I'm really having difficulty picking 15. As a result, I've contemplated removing those schools that I was applying to simply as a "Safety" school from my list -- The ones I wouldn't actually be too excited about going to, but would be applying to just incase. Is there any major downside to applying to a bunch of competitive programs, not getting accepted to any, and then (more humbly) re-applying the following year? (besides having to wait until the next cycle to try again). I know turning down an acceptance makes you look bad the next year. As a result, i'd rather apply to 15 schools I actually want to go to and get rejected from all of them than get rejected by 14 schools and only get into the one I could care less for. Anyone else financially limited in the number schools they can apply to and considering things like this?