Another Can I get into " " for Grad school? I couldn't find a good enough anwser. Topic I'll explain my situation, I'm dual major in Math & Physics attempting to get my Graduate degree in physics(Nonlinear systems :Optics, Q&M and Particle Physic). I know my 3.4 GPA is probably not good enough to get me into Cal tech, Harvard, MIT etc... However I do have a year (3 semesters) of undergraduate research in Optics, Q&M and Particle Physic, as well as, five letters of recommendations from professors that are alumni from Ivy league schools. I have been told that research and recommendation are the most important to acceptance into grad school. All of my upper division and most of my lower division Math & Physics credits are A through B+ ;however because my first year attending college I attained few c's and a couple d's in random courses. I feel that with even all of 4000-6000 lvl classes, research, and letters of recommendation I am still screwed in my chances of getting in. Things I have left to do: Take the GRE general & GRE subject apply I am in my last years of school and really only have more math/physics and researcher electives to fill up my slot before graduation. It would be nice to know if I actually have a chance of getting before I spend about 100 dollars and application to about 8 different schools.