I am a 19 year old sophomore at a state university. The budget at my school's Physics and Astronomy department is about 700,000$ a year, and we have about 120 students majoring. After this year, I have taken all the courses I need to graduate in physics except for a year long QM 2. I have very little money and qualify for financial aid. I have several questions: 1) Should I push (take on 21 credits a semester) to graduate from my current school with a bachelors by next year, and rush to grad school? Or should I instead transfer to a better undergrad school my senior year to take more physics courses? 2)If I plan on transfering to a better school as an undergraduate, should I plan on going to grad school there as well? 3) My grades are all A's, and I took a lot of classes fast, but I don't think A's from a second rate college will distinguish me. How will I get accepted in to a good school? Will undergrad schools look at a GRE score? 4) If I go to a better school, the only money I will have is whatever wages I earn from my job (on or off campus). How good do you have to be to get a free ride? (as a graduate or undergraduate).