Well after reading tons of posts and talking to my friends who are headed off to grad school here is what everyone says: PGRE is really important, GPA is really important, publications really important, leadership roles really important, multiple years of research experience really important, recommendation letters really important. Is it just me can all these things not matter the same to every school. Also I see many people saying things like "I have a GPA of 3.7, which is terrible" Does any one else find this ridiculous!? I mean yes lets say you are wanting to go to MIT then yes you probably wont make the cut but does everyone here define themselves like this cause that seems miserable. I don't mean to offend anyone just wish people could see their accomplishments as how outsiders see them. Legitimately, what are the top 2 things most schools look at? Also to everyone who is saying things like "I'm a sophomore in college and just finished quantum mechanics, and I took calc 3 back my senior year of high school but I know I'm not good enough" please realize your achievements and be proud of them. I know people who interned at CERN and had a 4.0 and got a few rejection letters to grad schools so a lot of schools are hard, but I have heard of a few people who also got a 3.5 GPA and then got into a place like Harvard or Yale so what is really happening with this type of stuff?