I'm currently a senior, and I'm starting to apply to grad schools (I know it's late). Right now I'm picking what schools to apply to. But there's too many. I was hoping I could get some suggestions on what schools would be best for me. So my situation is: I'm interested in theoretical physics. String theory, I guess, if that's all there is. I'm really more math oriented than experimental physics oriented, and I've even considered just doing pure math. But for now, I want to stick to physics. I'm also wondering what schools I'd have a shot at, and which would be safety schools. I have near a 4.0 GPA at Cornell, I did research in fiber optics over the summer that I'm still doing, along with a little side research project in astrophysics. (I'm not really interested in either of these topics, but I wasn't able to find anything closer to what I want to do). That's about it as far as what I've done. My advisor reccomended Columbia and Princeton. I was also thinking Stanford, Caltech, and maybe MIT. But these don't sound like safety schools. I also heard one of the UC schools has a really good program, but I can't remember which it is (maybe the one with John Baez, riverside I think?). I would really appreciate any help on this. I need to get a move on, but I'm kind of stuck at this stage. Thanks.