I have been browsing through the 09 profiles and wondered if I can get some feedback.
I will be graduating next year from a fairly well respected large public research uni with degrees in physics and astro. My degree took me 6 years due to early setbacks (transferring in and some academic reasons, namely failing 2 prereqs and q dropping two courses). All of them were in lower division. My GPA is currently 3.2, with a major gpa in physics of ~3.8 and astronomy ~3.4. I have 4 years of research experience with two papers and two poster presentations, all in astro and extragalactic. Assuming my PGRE score is at least >70%, how good of a chance to I have of getting in at least SOMEWHERE and is it even possible to consider top 20 schools realistically? My passion is astro and I have extensive computer background that others may not get thanks to my many years here, but I just don't know if the F's on my transcripts will put me back to far, along with me lower GPA. My LOR should be very good, all well respected members of the field who believed I did a good job. Any help would be appreciated.