Hello all, This is my first post, but I figured I could get the best/non BS answers here since no one has anything to be politically correct for. If this is not the right topic, please excuse my ignorance. My Stats Major: B.S. Engineering Physics Minor: Mathematics Classes: all offered undergraduate + 3 graduate coures Physics & Math GPA: 3.4 Overall GPA: 3.0 Physics GRE: 650; 50% General GRE: 800 math, 490 Verbal Research: 6 months (3 at the time of applications) with Condensed Matter Group My Situation I applied and got rejected from the following schools PhD physics programs: MIT Princeton Stanford Caltech Berkeley Chicago Cornell Illinois Texas Maryland Columbia My Questions I know my physics GRE score is quite poor, I dont quite have the research experience, and my grades could be better, but I had the following questions if anyone can give some insight: 1. What part of my stats caused all the rejections? 2. What part of my stats could I improve on to get accepted to these types of universities? 3. What universities would accept someone with these stats? 4. Is it worth it to look overseas for graduate school for me? 5. Is a research position the best way to increase my value? 6. Would the research position have to be in the same field I plan to study in graduate school? Again, if this is off topic, or if I just shouldnt be asking these questions in here or on this site, please excuse my ignorance.