Hi gang, As a rising senior, I'm very worried about what the future holds for me. Like most of my class mates, I would like to attend grad school for physics. Unlike most of my class mates, my academic history leaves much to be desired. I am graduating two years late due to a change of schools (Tiny Liberal Arts College to Big 10 Research University), majors (English to Physics), and a withdrawn semester. The major issue, however, is my GPA. Currently, my cumulative is a 2.29. I spent my first two years in english and my first year in physics drinking all the time, and then working constantly to support both my partying and academic career. Basically, I was too immature to be in school. The semester I withdrew was used to get my head on straight and ask for help from friends and family, because I needed it. I do have some positive aspects to my story, though. My in-major GPA is a 3.5 right now, and that is essentially from my junior year in physics. I did well in E/M, QM I, Thermal Physics, a computational physics course, a writing intensive lecture course (My English credits finally came in handy :P) Theoretical Mechanics, and two upper division maths. My in-major GPA is only going to go up, as I hone my study skills. I'll also be able to get one more semester of coursework on my transcript before I apply to schools (QM II, Optics w/ Lab, Senior Lab, Solid State, and Numerical Analysis.) I will also have strong recommendations from multiple professors, with all of whom I've done research. Also, I've worked to put myself through school by working as the senior Unix administrator in a small Engineering sub-department, which is one of the reasons I've been able to get so much research work (the professors here love programmers and *nix gurus!) Also, according to my advisor, my involvement in a nationally ranked rugby team is important. Not sure I believe him on that one, but I'm proud of it so what the heck. I know my cumulative GPA is a huge set back for me, but I really can't get a clear idea of just how far it will push me back in applications. Will I be able to get into school at all? How about a semi-decent school? I'd very much like to work in either theory or computation (I've been studying for the physics GREs for a bit now, to get my score high enough so this is a possibility) if possible, but as long as I'm doing physics I'm happy. I really don't want to go back to IT work after I graduate. I know this is long, but I would very much appreciate any input.