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How many grad schools to apply to?

  1. Jun 4, 2010 #1
    I'm sure this is a question that comes up a lot but I can't find an old thread on it, and I've seen a lot of varying advice all over.

    How many grad schools should I apply to?

    Personally, I'm an junior (will be a senior in the fall) physics major with a 3.9 overall and about a 3.8 in math and physics courses at a major public research university, and I have one semester and counting experience as a research assistant. Will be taking the GREs this summer.

    So is there a general number of grad schools people usually apply to or does it completely depend on your personal situation?
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  3. Jun 4, 2010 #2
    Depends on a lot of things. It can be very expensive applying to a lot of grad schools. For instance, I think eight apps is about ideal, but that could easily be $400 in application fees alone. So don't apply anywhere that you don't really want to go.
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