I'm applying to grad school (PhD) in EE. My degree is in engineering physics so I want to work on the parts of EE that would also be called applied physics. So things like quantum electronics, nanotech and electromagnetics. I have already started applying to: UIUC, Cornell, USC, BU, GTECH. That's 5 so far. I think I need more options... I want my next options to be from lower tier universities. A little a bit about my background. - I have a 4.0 GPA, have taken 2 graduate courses on computational science, have done 2 research projects in physics, will get 3 good recommendation letters. -I come from a mexican university, but I did an exchange program at a good university in the US which is where 'll be getting rec letters and where I did research projects and took graduate courses. -I am a US citizen. -I do not want to live in the southeast (Kentucky, Tennessee, N/S Carolina, Florida, etc.) . -I need funding, I can't pay for school and do not want to get a loan. -I'm Hispanic (admissions committees consider that nowadays). Where should I apply to now? Given my background. How many do you recommend applying to? Thanks and if you need more info, please ask.