I am entering my second semester at the University of Connecticut and am having difficulty with how to proceed. I am a physics major, and came in with 38 AP credits including intro mech and EM. I didnt take any physics courses first semester, and am taking quantum and hopefully an independent study on nuclear and particle physics next semester with calc 3 and 4. Enter my problems. I have 3 choices in my eyes (remember the AP credit): 1. Graduate in three years, taking 12 credits each semester. Graduate from the honors college and write a physics/honors thesis, probably minor in math. 2. Graduate in two years. Take 9 credits over the summer and an online course over the winter. Then next year will most likely look like: mech1, em1, quantum mech1, lab in mech, ele, gen ed and the second semester would be em2, quantum 2, lab in em, stat and thermal physics, elective, math. Definitely unable to graduate from honors, and even bigger problem, when would i take the PGRE because i want to go to grad school right after undergrad. 3. Take 2.5 years. Kinda crappy option because grad schools dont really give financial aid in the spring and id still be a little rushed because i wouldnt take summer courses in this case to save cash. Part of the problem is, I dont know if i want to stay at UCONN with my girlfriend and friends while they are there for another 2 years while i work on my phd, or if i should take longer to look better for other grad schools such as Brown. Any advice on this matter would be GREATLY appreciated, no one can really seem to help and I am kinda desperate!