I am a senior physics major and am looking at grad school. I was wondering if some of you could share your experience in getting into different 'tier' grad schools. In my understanding, there are 4 things that grad schools could look at, given here in no particular order: 1. GRE scores 2. GPA / university coursework 3. Recommendation letters 4. Publications, presentations, summer/ thesis research, etc. Have any of you found that different schools look at different things? (e.g. U of ___ doesn't care about GRE very much, You probably need 2 publications to get into U of ___, top tiered schools require 2 excellent letters of recommendation, etc.) I'm sure it varies by university, but have any of you found that different tiered universities look at applicants differently?