Here in Missouri, MST has a very good academic reputation, but it seems this is not true everywhere. This is all wildly imaginative at this point (HS Senior), but if I were to major in physics at MST, (assuming I made good grades), is it unreasonable to hope to get into grad school at some of the more prestigious universities? No, I'm not concerned with brand names or labels, but the research opportunities at these universities are far greater than most places, as is (presumably) the education. I would likely want to study cosmology, so I would be looking at places like Princeton, Cal Tech, MIT, Berkeley, etc. Cal Tech, for example, I've read only takes grad students from itself, Harvard, MIT and the likes. I would assume the others are similar in this respect. I would assume that undergrad research would play a role, as would the GRE (which I expect I would score well on). Is there anything else I could do, or will these schools take one look at my undergrad college and trash the application? And I'm sure I'll get questions about this, but the reason I'm not going to these schools for undergrad would be my grades. I cared nothing about my grades throughout high school, but have recently (this year) sort of had an awakening. I've always been in AS/Honors/AP/IB classes, but haven't touched homework or projects, and therefore have a low (3.3uw) G.P.A. My ACT score was certainly worthy though, so if those grad schools still look at that, it might help. Anyway, sorry for the essay, any help would be appreciated, thanks!!! tl;dr BS Physics degree from University of Missouri Science and Technology to grad school at Cal Tech, MIT, Princeton, etc?