I need a few safety schools, and most importantly a few target schools. I'll have no trouble coming up with reach schools. The problem is that I have no idea what to look for. I know I want to do Physics, but that's the extent of it. I have no idea what part of physics I'd like to do, but from what I hear, there's no assurance you'll get to do exactly what you want to do anyway (because of funding, etc). I know a few things, though. I'd ideally like to go to a larger school than my undergrad school (only 2k people). I'd also definitely rather be in a big, cool city. No crappy second rate cities. As for location, ideally somewhere on the east coast, or California, though I'm also looking at a few places in Chicago. Can anyone suggest some places? Thanks!