So, I have to apply for grad schools soon and wanted to get a list of all the ones I will be applying to so I can give my recommendation letters writers enough time. Originally, I had a list of about 43 schools that I wanted to apply to. They were all in the top 45 schools for Mechanical Engineering. I narrowed it down a bit, but I kindda wanna apply to 20-30. Problem is that my chance of getting accepted isn't great because I won't have a very good GRE score. Of course I wouldn't mind applying to all 40 schools, but I don't know how to get recommendation letters for all of them. How many schools do people usually apply to? Someone told me to just pick 5 out of my list...I was thinking at least 10 (with a few like Texas A&M for high acceptance rate as a safety)?