I will be applying to graduate schools the upcoming fall and I have a list of schools that I like based on professors, research work, etc. But, how can I realistically narrow my list to schools I can actually get into? I am a top student at a good public school, but it is certainly not an MIT or Ivy.
I have around a 3.9 and will have taken 4-5 grad courses by the time I graduate, with research with 3 different professors and a minimum of 1 paper co-authored.
I feel like getting into schools such as Berkeley or CMU is out of my reach, but I love their programs.
Can anyone suggest me a strategy which makes it much easier for me to make choices? (Lesser the number of available options, quicker and better will be the decision.)