Hi, What is the absolute best grad schools in the US or Europe for

String Theory, M-Theory and LQG? I tend to learn better in a classroom

environment, so I'm sort of looking for a grad school which actually

has relevant courses, and not just a European-style research

university where I get to apprentice, do research, and read some books

on my own. I'm also looking to go to a place where I'm not one of the

few grad students working in this area, but there are other grad

students I get to work and share with. I haven't decided between

String Theory and LQG so it would be wonderful if I could find a

school that does both.

In school so far, I've studied, and am very strong in, both algebra

and analysis, and I've studied as well some theoretical physics - I'll

graduate summer of 2010 with a BS and double major math and physics,

and 3.94 GPA (4.0 in both my majors) and 800 quant GRE, so I figure

I'll have a shot to go pretty much anywhere - but where is the

question? What should I try for? For example, I've read that Harvard

doesn't do a lot of work in String Theory, so that would be the wrong

place for me. I know I'm probably late to apply to the best programs

in the world right now for Fall 2010, but actually that's ok because I

want to do a gap year after I graduate to backpack around the world

since I've been in school 5 yrs already, so I think I'm looking for

admission to grad school in 2011.

Looking forward to some pointers and ideas and where I should apply!

THANKS SO MUCH!