What GPA is needed for physics grad? The typical GPA of applicants is >3.5 with A’s in most Physics courses. Is research experience required to apply to the program? Yes. Successful applicants typically have significant undergraduate research experience.
How many physics grad schools should I apply to? A typical number is five to ten. You want to make sure you pick at least some schools you can be reasonably confident of being accepted by. Keep in mind that there is randomness in the grad student selection process at any institution; sometimes some schools accept fewer or more than usual in a given year.
What school has the best physics program?
- Stanford University.
- California Institute of Technology.
- Harvard University.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Princeton University.
- University of California–Berkeley.
- University of Chicago.
- Cornell University.
Is physics GRE still required? A 2019 survey by Science Magazine found that physics programs were among the slowest to drop the GRE. Now, more than half of the programs on Guillochon’s list have permanently done away with the GRE requirement, and a full two-thirds no longer require it for the 2020–2021 admissions cycle.