My gpa is subpar, but improving. Freshmen year at SUNY Oswego Undergrad Coursework: Semester 2 Brains, Minds and Consciousness (3) -A Calculus 2 (4)- C General University Physics 2 (4)- A Principles of Human Behavior (3)- A overall 3.42 Semester 1 Archaeology and Human Ev (3) - B- Calculus 1 (4)- C- Intro to Worlds of Music (3)- B+ General University Physics 1 (4)- B+ Physics Seminar (1)- A overall 2.80 Freshman year gpa -3.10 I think a realistic goal for me, is to get my gpa up to a 3.60, by the time I start looking for grad programs in physics- so maybe just after my first semester of my junior year. Is a 3.60 an adequate gpa for a grad school applicant? Going for my BS in Physics with a minor in cognitive science (which probably doesn't matter). I really would love to get my phd in physics... but I'm not sure even a 3.60 would cut it.. What else should I do to make my grad school application look better? Can't be ALL about gpa- even though I'm sure a majority of the weight is on gpa and good rec. letters.. Is this too out of reach? Am I just fantasizing? How critical will grad schools be on a bad first year (and improvements the upcoming years)? (And no, there is no way to bring up my gpa by retaking courses because I never received a D.) Advice, help, guidance, and some good articles to read would be appreciated.