When applying to physics or astrophysics PhD programs, how do you determine which schools are "stretches", "good fits", or "safety schools"? Personally, my goal is to get in to a decent school with an astrophysics program. My GPA is 3.80. I have researched with a professor in NMR and semiconductors for 2 years at my college (a small Midwestern liberal arts school). I am a double major in physics and math, and I have taken a lot of physics classes and performed quite well. General GRE scores of 620 verbal and 800 math. However, I got a very disappointiong 610 on the advanced physics GRE. I believe that this score poorly reflects my abilities and my strength as a student. Here are 10 school I am considering applying to, along with my very uninformed, somewhat ignorant guess at my relative "chances" for acceptance: 1)Notre Dame - good fit 2)UC-Davis - stretch 3)UC-Irvine - stretch 4)UC-Riverside - safety 5)U. of Minnesota - stretch 6)Indiana U. - good fit 7)U. of Colorado-Boulder - stretch 8)U. of Arizona - good fit 9)Arizona St. - good fit 10)U. of Delaware - safety Am I completely wrong in my estimation? I know each school varies in what it weights most heavily in its application process, but how much will my Physics GRE hurt me? My goal is not to get into a super top-notch school, just a decent one with a nice program. Thanks to anyone who can provide any advice or criticism!