I've started to look at graduate schools and I am really interested in doing solar physics, although I am very interested in more general astrophysics as well. Of course we all want to go to a great school but I want to be realistic about where I can get in ect. Location is a big deal to me as well. I'd like to go out to the East coast somewhere but I dont have to of course. I've been looking into Boston University, Yale, Pitt, UC-San Diego?,University New Hampshire, possibly MIT. How hard is it to get into schools like this? I know I'm all over the spectrum here but I want to get a feel for it. background- GPA around 3.6 or 3.7, havn't taken PGRE yet, amazing list of extra-currics, and have research experience. Also I hope this doesn't sound bad but do I have a better chance because I'm a female and I have a disability? I have heard people say that before..