I am an international student and I was admitted to UT Arlington with 100% tuition scholarship for fall 2016. The reasons why I couldn't make it to a better university are lack of guidance and lack of funds. But now, I will have all the guidance in the world since I'm going to an American university. I know all the important criteria for admission to graduate school: 1) High GPA and class rank. 2) Great recommendation letters. 3) Substantial amount of research experience. 4) Decent GRE scores. 5) Good statement of purpose. However, I had a few queries regarding my admission for graduate school and it would be highly appreciated if you guys could help me out: 1) As I'm going to a university which isn't at all known for its Physics department (although, most professors there graduated from a top university), what are the options I can pursue for research? I will definitely ask the professors there if I can help them in their research as a research assistant right from my freshman year. However, if I'm coming from an unknown university, won't it reduce my chances of doing better researches are better institution? How can I solve this problem? 2) What exactly should the timeline of my 4 years be? I understand that I'll have to study very hard and all, but I'm thinking about internships and research experience. Should I go for internships every summer? Can I take my winter vacations too? What exactly should the timetable be of the next 4 years of my life? 3) Coming from an unknown university, how much will the name of my university matter and hinder my chances of admission, if at all? I highly appreciate your time and effort and hope to get some quick and helpful responses.