Hello, I go to a College with a small physics department and as a result I do not have a very helpful adviser (I don't blame him we have only a handful of professors and after one left, this new one got charged with being an adviser all of a sudden). Because of this I am a bit in the dark when it comes to what I should expect. I don't know if I'm being foolish in applying to a PHD program, or if I should try a master's. Here are the facts: I have a 3.0 major average. I have received a few A's, a couple of B's and B+'s however, I received a C in an introductory physics class when I was getting used to mathematics (I was always a purely liberal arts student beforehand). Since then the only other bad grade I received was a C in ordinary differential equations (I went back over the summer and studied up on the subject, I am now confident in it). Other than that I have all A's in my calculus classes, and partial differential equations. My overall college GPA is a 3.5. I did research in an optics/imaging laboratory over the summer, and I am sure the professor was happy with my help. He can get me a good recommendation. I believe I can get 2 more good recommendations as my professors were always fond of me and I got to know them outside of the class speaking about the material we cover in office hours. I am currently taking Quantum Mechanics, Atomic Physics and Solid State Physics classes, and in 3 weeks I will take the Physics Subject GRE. On the General GRE i received a 161 on the quantitative section (out of 170 on the new scale). My dream is to get into the PHD program at the CUNY graduate center in NYC, which is ranked 63rd in the country. My question: With all that, am I being foolish in trying applying? How would you put my chances? Right now I feel like EVERYTHING is riding on my Subject GRE, is this accurate?