(My apologies if this is the wrong place to post such a topic.) I'm finishing up my bachelor's in physics and I'll be applying to grad schools this upcoming year. One part of that is of course choosing which schools to even apply to. I've looked into quite a few different schools and have been searching/communicating with different research groups just to get a feel for what they look for and expect from applicants and also the type of work they do. Right now, I plan on applying to a few MSc programs across Canada and a couple PhD programs in Nuclear Engineering in the states (I will be writing the GRE soon). Now before I get ahead of myself, I think I should still determine where I have a decent chance of getting in before applying. So if you have any advice given my information below, that would be greatly appreciated! I am a Canadian citizen. Attend Western University and am completing a BSc in Physics. GPA: Year 1 - 3.99 Year 2 - 3.91 Year 3 - 3.87 I did a brief research project during my first year on medical imaging/neuroscience. No publication and I was just helping out in a fairly minor role. I also worked on a particle detector in a prior summer involving some computation work which was quite successful and fairly fun (but still no publication which we never really intended to do; although I got a couple poster presentation awards if it's important). I am also now working on a project in astronomy that will lead into my honours thesis which I think will be a great experience. I also have quite a bit of professional and volunteer experience working in medical (e.g. hospitals, clinics) and veterinary (e.g. small animals, wildlife rehab) capacities. I also believe I have strong references from both professors and supervisors. I've also applied for a lot of scholarships/grants in my undergrad and fortunately won a few of them. I'm not sure how much of a bearing these experiences and awards will have on my application, but hopefully it will give you better idea of my overall application. (If there's any further info you think would be pertinent to assessing my chances, feel free to let me know.) After checking out these schools across Canada and different research groups at each one, I will likely be applying to: UofT, Waterloo, UBC, and McGill for their MSc in Physics. I'll be writing the general GRE soon and plan to apply to the states this upcoming year for graduate programs, too, but namely PhD programs in nuclear engineering. In the states, I have heard good things about Purdue, University of Michigan, and UC Berkley. Thus far, I'm planning to apply the schools mentioned above along with a few backup options. Given my background and experiences, do you think these are feasible schools? Anything in particular you would recommend to improve my application?