I am a senior in a 5-year physics program (B.S. in Physics, Astrophysics concentration and minor in Mathematics) with a 3.65 GPA (3.72 in my Physics major) at a not-so-well-known private institution with fifteen months of full-time relevant (to astro) research experience, eighteen months of part-time (during classes) relevant (to astro) research experience, and six months of full-time, not as relevant (tried something outside of physics to give it a shot while I could -- didn't like it; back to astro!!), research experience. As result, I should have three+ great research letters coming my way. I have a great deal of involvement on campus and in our Society of Physics Students organization. I am waiting on updated PGRE results (almost certain they're higher), but my current PGRE score is 640 (37%). I have not taken the regular GRE yet. I am applying to Physics/Astro Departments for Fall '18 enrollment in pursuit of a PhD. Based on this info, and knowing that I want to pursue astrophysics (ideally with a concentration doing experimental/computational research on stellar dynamics of some sort, but I'm incredibly flexible on my astro project depending on the department), what do you think of my tentative graduate school list to apply to. Many of the schools I feel are reaches (I can dream, right?), but I'm not sure if I have a shot at any of these schools...it's important to me that I get into a program good enough to make the PhD in Astrophysics worthwhile. In no particular order... Princeton University University of Pennsylvania Columbia University New York University Cornell University Penn State University University of Colorado - Boulder University of Maryland - College Park Rutgers - New Brunswick Any advice based on knowledge of the schools/programs or your experiences? Thanks!