Hi everyone! This is my first post here, hopefully of many, as I love internet forums and physics. I just graduated from a small private university with a B.S. in physics (and a minor in mathematics) I'm finishing up my grad school applications. I'm having panic attacks almost every day, worrying about whether or not I totally missed the boat on the schools I have a chance at. I'm hoping you guys can help me out. My info: Overall GPA: 3.90/4.00 In-major GPA: 3.92/4.00 General GRE: Q:160, 76% V: 159, 82% Writing: 4.5, 82% pGRE: 640, 37% (no excuses, but I prepared for this the wrong way. will retake if everything goes poorly and I don't get into a school this year) : I applied for 14 REUs last summer, almost got into about 5, but they were ridiculously competitive. So no research. My letters of recommendation are very strong. I have some neat stuff on my applications including helping to start my school's astronomy club, which is now very active on campus and in the community, and helping with Mathcounts stuff. My grades are obviously my strong point. I have no delusions of a future at MIT or CalTech. These are the schools I've applied to so far: SUNY at Buffalo University of Rochester (I'm considering this a "reach") Lehigh University Stony Brook University (another reach) University of Pittsburgh Carnegie Mellon (reach) Kansas State University Colorado State University Arizona State University University of Oklahoma University of Utah University of Notre Dame (reach) Brandeis University I'm just about done, but I still have some time if I need to submit some more applications to lower-ranked schools than these. But I have no idea if I need to, or not. Can anyone help out? I'd like to at least have to make a choice between a couple schools. Have I adequately gauged my chances or do I need to apply to a few lower-ranked schools, asap? Thanks!