Preface: This is kinda a long post, sorry! I'm wondering if I'm totally screwed getting into a graduate program. I want to get into a PhD program for Planetary Sciences. I'm a chemistry major with a 3.9 GPA in my major (post-baccalaureate). However, I already have a degree in art history and Spanish with a minor in astronomy where I graduated with a pretty lousy GPA of a 3.2. This was mostly due to my first year and a half where let's just say I was having some personal issues. lol. But my last 2 years of my first degree I think I had around a 3.6 average, so there was definitely an upward progression. My GRE's are awful. The first time I took it (3 years ago) I got a 540 on the Verbal and a 660 on the Quant. 4 on the writing section. I just retook the GRE's this week where I was hoping to raise my quant significantly (i was getting around 700-750's on the practice exams). Unfortunately, I ended up only getting a 690 on the Quant, and a 490 on the Verbal (I know, awful. I wanted to cry). No idea about the writing section yet. I did 1 year of research during my first undergrad in astronomy and I ended up getting a published paper out of it (not first author). I've also been doing research with a planetary science professor for a few months and will continue to work with him for the next year. So I will have some experience going in, but I know a lot of people apply with much more. So basically, will I get in somewhere? I'm not asking if I will get into Harvard or anything. But ANYWHERE? I know that a lot of the planetary science programs usually take students with physics majors and close to perfect Quant scores on the GRE. (Some planetary science programs also require the physics subject test, but I won't be applying to those programs). But after this week's GRE, I can't help but think that I don't stand a chance. :( :( :( I mean, I got A's in Calc 1-3. So I can obviously do simple math. I'm just slow and I'm also prone to panicking on exams. The GRE is my enemy! I don't know if it helps my chances at all, but I'm hispanic, and female! Don't they need more of those in the sciences?? haha. Increase diversity or something, especially with the hodgepodge that is my academic background! LOL. Yea maybe not. The list of schools I could potentially apply to is: 1) Brown 2) University of Hawaii 3) University of Washington-St. Louis 4) University of California-Santa Cruz 5) UCLA 6) University of Chicago 7) University of Virginia 8) Arizona State University 9) University of Arizona 10) Berkeley 11) Johns Hopkins 12) University of New Mexico 13) University of Washington-Seattle 14) Rice 15) University of Michigan 16) University of California-Santa Barbara 17) Caltech 18) Harvard 19) University of Illinois-Urbana Champagne 20) Columbia 21) Northwestern Obviously, I'll never get into Harvard, Caltech, etc. But are there any schools on here that I might have an easier chance getting into? Sorry for the long post. I tried to keep it concise but it didn't quite happen, haha.