I am approaching the 1/2 way mark on completing my BS and I was reviewing my grades because I felt it was about time to really get involved in anything that would allow me access to Graduate School. My GPA will be a 3.91 after this semester (currently a 3.8ish, the 3.91 assuming I keep up my 4.0 for this semester) which was a shock to me because I was expecting it to be higher. I have 2 B's, one in MacroEconomics, and the other in EnglishComp2. I had family issues during the Macro class, and a crummy professor that "does not believe in A's" for the Comp class. I have decided not to let that get me down though. The requirement for the desired Grad School I hope to attend is a 3.0 GPA. I am trying to figure out what GPA I would need to get my way paid though. I am on the GI bill, which will just barely cover my undergrad, but the only possible way that I will ever be able to continue straight on to grad school is if I can get full stipend/tuition. How would I figure out exactly what I need to accomplish to get there? I have looked at http://www.gradschoolshopper.com as was suggested by someone else on this forum, but it only gives me information that I already know from the schools website/listings. Would I be even remotely competitive where I stand now? What sort of GPA should I maintain? I am taking some Honors courses, because of the smaller class size, but I am a bit disapointed because the Honors professors are NOT the best on the campus. I will most likely not be able to graduate with honors, because I have already taken so many non-honors courses, but I might be able to get the Honors certificate? Is that worth it, considering taking these courses nets me a lesser education from my experience? I have checked out GREexplorer http://www.greexplorer.com/Average-GRE-Scores/University-of-Central-Florida.html The information found there is encouraging. It says that the average GPA of new Doctoral Candidates is 3, but that seems like a bit odd of a number (no decimal?). I think maybe that data is not the average, but the requirement info from the school itself. I find it hard to believe that the average GPA is also the minimum acceptance GPA. I think I am pretty smart/hard-working, but I am just having some doubts, because I have yet to take any real "serious" physics courses to gauge my intelligence against. I just realized that is a long drawn out question, so, in summary: What a reliable GPA/GRE/Extra-curric plan that will net me a paid PhD?