do what I did and apply to all the top schools in all the major metropolitan markets... an added criteria for me was whether the school gave a lot of financial aid. and some of them are thrown in there because they gave app fee waivers.
ended up being 17 total
northeast: harvard, columbia, nyu, cornell
(probably should've applied to yale too, for the hell of it)
mid-atlantic: penn, temple, georgetown
(should've added gw)
south: duke, emory
mid-west: chicago-kent, northwestern, indiana-bloomington
(should've added univ. of chicago, and univ. of illinois urbana-champaign)
pac coast: stanford, berkeley, ucla, usc, santa clara
cost around a grand to do it, but i think it was worth it
what's a good way to find out which schools give a lot of financial aid?