I really want to avoid a curve-based grading system! I don't care if a school has P/F grading, if it grades on a curve, people will get crazy and study like hell. Do most schools have curve-based grading on exams, or is it the opposite, or is it 50/50? I'll tell you 1 school I found to be scary: UCSD!! Even though they are P/F, it was actually NOT TOO DIFFICULT to fail an exam!! People were studying their asses off b/c if the class avg. was a 90 (out of 100), below 65-70 would be an F. WTF! No wonder I heard so many nasty rumors about UCSD. Well at least I'm glad I went to verify the speculations with my own eyes. Students there were definitely not as "cool" (sorry for a lack of a better word) as the other ones I met at other schools. Even though I got superb vibes from my interviewers and some serious recruiting efforts, I'm not sure if I would want to go there. I'm sorry if I come across rude or crazy by saying that I might decline their offer even before hearing anything from them, but on the way back home I just had a slight bad taste in my mouth. Of course the location was great! Plus their research faculty are amazing. It'll be tough to ignore their awesome research, plus there'll be so many opportunities to go into biotech industry or start a new company in SD if I wanted to. Wow, sorry about my rambling! Anyway, please post on anything you know about each school's grading system!