Hey I'm currently a junior and i'm a mathematics major. I was wondering if you guys could critique my grad school admissions plan: 1) I want to apply to 2-3 local schools (i live in NY), 3 schools in California, and 3-4 Schools that are an extreme reach or a unique place that I would like to go to: NY: Columbia, Stony Brook, Cornell California: UCLA, Stanford, Caltech, maybe Berkeley 3-4 Other schools: MIT (why not?), University of Texas-Austin (never been to Texas, and the school seems really good), UChicago I think I have an outside chance of getting into Harvard, I emailed the grad director and they said i have an ok chance, depending on how i finish up. I will probably end up with a 3.85+ GPA, good to great GRE's, at least 2 really really good reccomendations, and hopefully an REU this summer. all in all, i am expecting to be recieving glowing reccomendations. I have a very strong relationship with two of my professors, I will be doing a research project with one of them in dynamics next semester and the other I am taking a graduate course under them next semester. I feel like I can definitely get into Stony Brook, i have a good shot at UT-Austin, I have a good shot at UCLA, and medium chance for the rest (Columbia, Cornell, MIT, UChicago) more importantly: i was looking at the new US News World and Report Grad rankings, and they have a lot of speciality rankings but they dont have one for dynamics. I know Stony Brook has a very strong dynamics program, because I go here lol. But what other schools have strong dynamics programs? I would want to go to a school with strong dynamics, geometry, topology, analysis and possibly statistics since stochastic processes is also a very facsinating field to me. any critiques or comments?