So I'm looking for opinions on the list of grad schools I'm looking to apply for. I am not sure if I am applying to too many "reach" schools or not. I am interested in doing plasma physics, most likely experiment and computation, but theory isn't completely out of the question either. First, some stats about my application: (I am a Canadian non-minority male) Physics GRE: 830 (76th percentile) GRE Quant: 165 (90th percentile) GRE Verbal: 157 (78th percentile) GRE Writing: 3.5 (38th percentile) :s GPA 3.65 (If you don't look at my 1st year grades, I have a 3.98) Physics GPA 3.83 (again, only because of first year physics) Research experience in condensed matter experiment (I got a 2nd author publication out of this, I did all of the experimental work) and high energy experiment. I have two great references from these. I am doing a 4th year supervised study in plasma/space physics right now. I will ask for my 3rd letter from my supervisor soon. This is my list of schools: -Princeton (Plasma Department - separate from Physics) = "reach" -Berkeley = "reach" -UCLA = "reach" -UC San Diego = "good fit"? -Cornell Applied Physics = "good fit"? -UC Irvine = "good fit"? -U.Colorado Boulder = "good fit"? -Maryland College Park = "safety"? -Dartmouth = "safety"? So what do you think, PF? Are these schools really "good fits" and "safeties" ? Should I switch some out for more safeties? (please recommend some if you have ideas:) ) Take note that I am an international applicant, which would likely make it harder for me to get in.