I'm an engineering physics major, I believe I have a way to graduate (if I jettison some electives and take the minimum necessary to graduate) at the end of Spring semester 2014 (or maybe extend things into summer), and I take stat mech in Fall 2013. Grad school apps are due Dec/Jan/Feb, I am only interested in graduating quickly IF it means I start grad school in the Fall, my other option is to take more time, graduate at the end of Fall semester 2014 and apply then. Is it wise to take the physics GRE in the middle of taking stat mech and without having taken an optics or nuclear elective? Is it better to wait and take the GRE and apply for schools in 2014 so I don't have to cram as many classes in my remaining terms and so I can add an elective or two? I'll admit I feel like I want to hurry because I'm already thirty. :) No, I didn't spend twelve years in college, I returned in 2010.