Assuming I have the funds to do it, here is the final list of schools to which I will apply this fall for acceptance in 2006.
Tier 1: Chicago, UCLA, Berkeley, Stanford, Columbia, Harvard
Tier 2: Michigan, Cornell, NYU, CUNY, New School for Social Research, Cambridge
Tier 3: Yale, Penn, Utah, Northwestern, StonyBrook, UCSB
Note that inclusion in “tier” doesn’t necessarily indicate my order of preference, though it comes close. Locale is likely to play more importance than this list suggests.