From what I understand, the most important part of a grad school application is previous research experience. I don't have any, and was wondering what schools I should be applying to. A little more about me: Professors don't know me well so letters of recommendation should be weak GPA = 3.6 from a brand name university I just took the physics GRE, so I don't know what my score is. I think I answered ~60% of the question correctly so my guess is 700-800. I want to go into biophysics but the courses I have taken are "pure physics" courses. What range of schools should I be applying to (i.e., 60-80, 100-120, etc)? Also, are the rankings online or do I have to shell out money? I'm thinking about taking a year off and volunteering in one of my professor's lab in order to buff up my application. It would also give me the chance to retake the physics GRE (I didn't prepare for it the first time around). Is this advisable, or would I be wasting a year of my time (I don't think I'm going to learn much as a lab monkey)?