Thanks for the responses! OP here. I did end up re-taking Linear Algebra and did very well in the course (A+), even though I am not sure to what extent that would make up for my previous B-. Chateauheart was right - I have far from flawless recommendation letters. My faculty has a consistent record of placing students into Top 15 programs, but very rarely Top 5 ones, and my other letter writers are pretty well-known but I doubt the letters would be considered very strong. I was also wondering what universities would be considered “target schools”. Is it based more on the undergrad ranking or the grad Econ ranking of my undergrad institution, and what would be a cutoff? Thanks!