Hi, I am currently applying to graduate school. My list right now contains all of the top schools for condensed matter and a few "safer" schools but I am wondering if I should try to expand my list further. In undergrad, I attended a middle ranked university, and graduated dual Physics and Math with a 3.99. I also have done a lot of research (eg McNair, REU's etc) and other programs (eg QuISU @ MIT). I have 2 PRLs (both in theoretical condensed matter) and have given several contributed talks at major conferences. I also was the president of two academic organizations and very involved in the department. I will be taking the Physics GRE this Saturday, so this score is unknown. How important is the school you attended for UG in the admissions process? What are some good (though not necessarily highly prestigious) schools in condensed matter that I should consider applying to? Thanks for the help!