Hello PF, I am currently a sophomore in physics at a top-10-in-physics large research university and I applied to 5 REU's to possibly enter into in the summer before my junior year. However, I heard from the 5th program today that I am rejected. This leads to a total of 5 rejections. This really worries me about graduate school, as I feel like this is a forecast of how my results will be when applying to graduate school. Thus I come to you guys, do REU entries forecast the likely-hood of getting into a graduate school? Are they judged similarly? Did any of you have bad luck with REU's but still made it to graduate school? Graduate school in physics what I REALLY want to do and perhaps I am overreacting by merely making this post, but it really grew some fears in me getting a rejection after rejection. I put a lot of thought and time into the essays and I feel I had really good recommendations :/. A little about me to help you guys respond: Overall GPA: 3.52 Math-Phys GPA: 3.48 400-Level Math-Phys GPA: 4.00 Applied to: UC Davis UMinnesota Columbia U Purdue Indiana University Up to now I've completed all math requirements, all intro phys, intermediate classical mechanics I & II, intermediate E&M I and II, a classical physics lab, and a few programming courses. Only reason my GPA looks a little low is due to a mess up my first semester. Thanks in advance for any replies.