What should I set as a safety school?

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What should I set as a safety school?

Postby dcr13 » Mon Oct 22, 2007 6:18 pm

I'm trying to figure out how "low" I should set on my safety school. I go to a decent private American university with a respected physics department. Also, what are my odds of getting into a top 5 school?

I'm an American student born here in America.
GPA: 3.98
Junior year forward GPA: 4.00
Physics GRE: 860
Research and work experience:
1 year doing grading for physics classes
1 summer doing engineering work at an oil refinery
1 whole year doing a co-op in R&D at large company
1-2 semesters doing lab research for a professor at my school
1 summer REU

I also have lots of other side activites like my fraternity, intramural sports, various campus clubs.

I was thinking University of Michigan would be a safety school, but I'm not sure if this is too high. Anyone have any thoughts?

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Postby grae313 » Mon Oct 22, 2007 11:04 pm

Your credentials look good, but I'd say there's nothing wrong with apply for one more school you are *absolutely* sure to get into.

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