Hi, What is the absolute best grad schools in the US or Europe for String Theory, M-Theory and LQG? I tend to learn better in a classroom environment, so I'm sort of looking for a grad school which actually has relevant courses, and not just a European-style research university where I get to apprentice, do research, and read some books on my own. I'm also looking to go to a place where I'm not one of the few grad students working in this area, but there are other grad students I get to work and share with. I haven't decided between String Theory and LQG so it would be wonderful if I could find a school that does both. In school so far, I've studied, and am very strong in, both algebra and analysis, and I've studied as well some theoretical physics - I'll graduate summer of 2010 with a BS and double major math and physics, and 3.94 GPA (4.0 in both my majors) and 800 quant GRE, so I figure I'll have a shot to go pretty much anywhere - but where is the question? What should I try for? For example, I've read that Harvard doesn't do a lot of work in String Theory, so that would be the wrong place for me. I know I'm probably late to apply to the best programs in the world right now for Fall 2010, but actually that's ok because I want to do a gap year after I graduate to backpack around the world since I've been in school 5 yrs already, so I think I'm looking for admission to grad school in 2011. Looking forward to some pointers and ideas and where I should apply! THANKS SO MUCH!