Hey, im sure you guys get this thread all the time but i need some person specific advice. You see, i dont have the best grades, and i dont have all that much extra curriculars, im not a star student and i dont really stand out. But i have an amazing passion for physics. Two teachers at my high school understand how deep this passion runs, my sophomore math teacher (who worked at Bell Laboratories as an electrical engineer for 15 years) and my junior year physics teacher. Now im starting to look at colleges because im gonna start my senior year soon and i dont really know what schools to look at. Since i live in california i looked at the UCs (because of my grades Berkley is pretty much out of the question), i heard UC Santa Barbara has a good undergrad phyiscs program. (btw specifics on my grades goes as follows: Freshmen Year: 3.14, Sophomore Year: 3.29 Junior Year: 4.0. Yeah, yeah, i know the 4.0 kinda sounds out of place, but i kicked my *** in gear this last year, but its still not good enough to get my avg GPA up to what most colleges like to see. As for extra curriculars, they are nonexistant besides one year of water polo in freshmen year, and a job as a counselor at a summer camp) I just need some advice on colleges with good undergrad physics programs that would accept a kid like me. Thanks in advance!