So, I'm an international student from a country in Eastern Europe. I'm in my third and final year of study, I have a 4.0 GPA, one research project at my university and one in the UK, both computational work, 3-4 posters at some conferences. My PGRE is 850, I haven't got my General scores yet but I think I did pretty well on that. I decided I want to apply for Condensed Matter Theory, my main interests being pen and paper work in superfluidity, superconductivity, semiconductors etc. Given my background I'm not excluding computational work either but I'm more inclined towards analytical research. My grad school shortlist is as follows:
University of Maryland
U of Wisconsin
U of Michigan
What do you think? Is it a right mix of reach, plausible and safe schools? Do they fit my interests? Also, I searched the universities websites for the research being done but if anyone has any more information about the CMT groups at these universities it would be very much appreciated.