I am a bit limited in where I can go for graduate school due to (soon-to-be) fiancé's job, so I am only realistically looking at programs in North Carolina (UNC, Duke, NCSU) even though I am applying to a couple of others.
I am top of my class in both physics & mathematics at a state system school in NC, though I doubt our program has much recognition. I have a 4.0 in both majors, am writing a senior thesis in quantum optics, have recommenders who got their Ph.D.s from 2 of the schools I am applying to and expect excellent recommendations. I got an 800 Quant/610 Verbal on the GRE, but I only managed a 650 on the PGRE (after pre-testing near 800 then getting a nasty cold day or two before
). Did the PGRE kill me or do I still have a chance of getting in, in your opinion? I am very, very nervous...