I'm looking into colleges with the intent to study physics and then attempt to earn a masters and then PhD. I suppose I should list a bit of information about myself: Female, class of 2014 4.0 gpa ranked #5 in my class Ran varsity track and cross country since freshman year Involved in various clubs/organizations such as Student Council, high school orchestra, science challenge squad, athletics, national honor society and a bit of volunteering/community service Take many AP courses and do well As of now I've been looking into schools such as Columbia, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, Pitt, and University of Maryland. Can anyone provide an opinion on the physics reputation of these schools as well as if it's even possible for me to be accepted to them? Any additional schools you can suggest that I haven't looked into yet would also be appreciated. Thanks a lot.