Deciding on schools

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Deciding on schools

Postby salvation » Sat Sep 10, 2016 1:43 pm

I am starting a new round of applications now. I need to finalise the lists of the schools I should apply to soon. The problem for me is that the list is too long, and can't decide which ones to cut, any inputs on which ones I should focus and what number of schools I should apply to, based on my profile below? Moreover, my interests are theoretical and numerical astrophysics, mainly Interstellar Medium, Stellar evolution and Star evolution (and any inputs on good schools for these fields would be great). So, a major question is should I apply to the Astrophysics department or to the Physics department? Here is my profile:

Undergrad Institution[/b]: A reputed school in Asia.
Graduate Institution[/b]: A reputed school in Canada (M.Sc. Thesis program)
Major(s): Physics (Astrophysics in M.Sc.)
Minor(s): None
GPA in Major: 3.8 (Undergraduate), 3.9 (Graduate)
Overall GPA: 3.8 (Undergraduate), 3.9 (Graduate)
Length of Degree: (Are you graduating after 3, 4, or 5 years?) 3+2 years
Position in Class: (No numbers needed, but are you top? near top? average? struggling?) Near top
Type of Student: (Domestic/International, male/female, minority?) International

GRE Scores : Revised
Q: 167
V: 160
W: 4.5
P: 960

TOEFL Total: 112

Research Experience: Some insignifact research at undergraduate. One year of intense research (which still continues) in my Masters. Has led to 2 first authored theoretical papers in MNRAS. 1 publication in preparation. Co-authors are well regarded in the field.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Loads of scholarships (some are major ones)

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Teaching Assistant

Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:

Special Bonus Points: Recommenders are famous

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

All for Interstellar Medium, Stellar evolution and Star evolution
(Potential list of) Applying to Where:

Harvard - Physics
Caltech - Physics
Berkeley - Physics
Stanford - Physics
Cornell - Physics
Princeton - Physics
Yale - Physics
UC Santa Cruz - Physics
UC Irvine - Physics
Columbia - Physics
University of Washington, St. Louis - Physics
UT Austin - Physics
Chicago - Physics
John Hopkins University - Physics
Illinois - Physics

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