Im studying my undergraduate degree in a Scandivian uni. that is one of the best in Scandinavian area. Im planning to study phd in theoretical physics in US.
I will probably be able to maintain my perfect gpa of 4.0/4.0 and if practising physics GRE tells anything I have good change is good change of scoring perfect 990 (950 atleast I think.) My general gre score will probably be more average, atleast excluding quantative section. I have won one Scholarship for gifted students in my school and I have been selected into a research club of my uni (a club for best students who are interested in research). By the time of my application in few years I will probably have 1-2 years of undergraduate research experience and if lucky, maybe one summer in CERN. My letters of recomendation should be fine too.
So I have too questions.
1. What are my chances to get into these schools (my top choices): MIT, Caltech, Princeton, Harvard, Cornell, Columbia and NYU
2. What would be so called safe schools for me where I could surely get in? (I would like them to be either in California or NYC)
Offcourse my home uni is my safe school number one, so Im not in trouble if I dont get into any US program. And because of that I wouldnt consider any programs with bad reputation.