I'm an senior and like to know my chances at some schools: specifically University of Michigan, Princeton, and Caltech, which I have heard are the top three schools in string theory. I'm interested in superstring/M theory. Here are my stats: GPA: 4.0 uw SAT: 1500 (800 M, 700 V) SAT II: Physics: 800, Math IIc: 800, Writing: 690 11th Grade Courses: Physics C AP Chemistry AP Computer Science AP Calculus BC AP Spanish 3 Honors English 11 12th Grade Courses: English 12AP Spanish 4 AP Gym Light/Heat (college course) Multivariable Calculus (1/2 semester) Differential Equations (1/2 semester) Linear Algebra (1/2 semester) Partial Differential Equations (1/2 semester) Other stuff: USAPhO Semifinalist Physics Student of the Year in 10th,11th 100 hours volunteering at hospital JV Tennis 9th-11th Varsity Tennis 12th Other little things Here are some questions: 1. What are the top schools in M-theory? Is my list right? Is U of M very good? 2. Does this seem like good courses to take freshmen year in physics: -Quantum Mechanics 1 -Quantum Mechanics 2 -Intermediate (Classical) Mechanics -Statistical Physics Thanks for your help.