Hi, I have my undergrad degree in Applied Physics and am beginning to apply for graduate studies(phd). I was wondering what your opinions were for some backup schools, because realistically I don't forsee myself being accepted to some of my greater aspirations (Berkeley, UoFM, Princeton) I would really like to move out to the west coast from here (SE Michigan). What are some good schools? I've probably not heard of many. Looking around I like UC:Santa Barbara, but it seems from some old coworkers at a national lab that its also a really tough school to get into. UC San Diego doesn't look all that bad either for their physics program and their current research. But what else is out there? Me and my girlfriend plan on moving out west (she's an electrical engineer, and plans on going to grad school as well).