I have a GPA of 2.8 as of right now (i have 3 semesters of grades left and I am busting my butt). I have not taken the GRE but I am taking a Phys GRE prep class (which is offered because people at my school are notorious for low GRE scores) so hopefully I will do well. Do I have even a chance at grad school? I'm not talking about upper ranked... I'll take nearly anything that has chemical physics or condensed matter. On the good side, I do have research experience through one professor that I started last semester and I plan on doing more over the summer and through the next year (possibly other professors). And I believe I can get good recommendations. Another side note. I have worked 20-30 hrs/week to pay for my schooling, which I never use as an excuse but some people have advised me to mention that when speaking of my GPA... should I really make a note of that?