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?