I'm looking for graduate schools now, and noticing that some schools have separate applied physics departments. If I want to apply to the school, do I only apply for physics or applied physics, or should I apply for both to have a better chance of getting in? This is of course assuming that both departments have research I'm interested in, and so far yes, that has been the case. I already have 10 places I'd be applying to, which is a lot of time and money to invest. If it doesn't help me at all to apply to both departments, then I'd just do 1 per school.