So I'm a big-headed idiot and only applied to top schools. Friday I got my last rejection letter from all the physics programs I applied to (it was UCLA's). I'm guessing it was because one of my weakspots as an applicant showed up on two-three of my recommendations (I'm lazy). I wasn't expecting on getting into any of the top schools but I figured UCLA would be fine. I guess I was wrong. I'm still dead-set on going to grad school. I'm thinking of applying to mid or lower-tier master's program, not making the same stupid mistakes, completing it and then trying again next year. Are there any programs that would take applications this late? Any other suggestions? stats: -I'm domestic -Georgia Tech Physics B.S. -3.55 GPA (highest honors) -REU at UCLA, and 2 other semesters of research experience, -Physics GRE: 820 -GRE Quant: 740 -GRE Verbal: 680 -GRE Writing: 5.5 -I've been tutoring full time (40hours a week) for the past 3 years. I'm still 20 so I'm not too devastated (graduated in 2.5 years). I figure worst case scenario I might start PhD program on time, or a year late than the usual.