I'm entering my senior year of HS next year. Right now I'm almost certain I'll be majoring in physics. I haven't taken chemistry yet (I'm taking a double block of that next year) but I don't think it'll really catch my interest like physics. I figure I'll get a degree in physics and then decide where to go from there (higher degree, private sector, etc.). Does that sound like a good plan? I know I love physics/science in general and I think I'll like research, but there's no way to know until I try it. Are there ample opportunities for undergrads to get a taste of what it's like to actually be a physicist? I'm also stressed about which college to go to. I have a very solid GPA (4.7 weighted, 3.95 unweighted) and pretty good test scores (2100 SAT, 33 ACT, 800/800 physics/math II subject) but I haven't done any science/math related extracurricular activities. I am going to retake the SAT to try and get a really impressive score, but there's no guarantees obviously. I was going to apply to MIT but now I'm not so sure. They're so selective and I don't think I stand out nearly enough. I'm going to apply to Harvey Mudd for sure, but again they're extremely selective. The only other schools I even have in mind are the state universities here in Florida. I'm basically counting on acceptance to FSU and UF, but I think I should have more than 4 potential schools in mind, and not just 2 really ambitious choices and then 2 really unambitious choices. It doesn't help that I've heard horror stories about 600 student classes taught by teachers who don't speak English at UF, and their seemingly random acceptance due to a flood of students. On the other hand, after Bright Futures (Florida scholarship program) and pre-paid tuition, going to school in Florida is going to be dirt cheap. I'm talking only a few thousands dollars a year. I will almost certainly graduate with no debt if I go to school in Florida. But are these schools any good? When I visited FSU, they told me that there are lots of undergraduate research opportunities and that they spend more than Yale on research. How should I investigate this further? I have yet to visit UF, but I plan on doing that soon. I live like 2 hours from the campus, so it's a matter of me picking a day and driving there. If I were positive that I wanted to attend graduate school, I wouldn't worry about this. But I don't want to graduate, decide I don't want to go for a higher degree, and then get laughed at by potential employers. Any advice is greatly appreciate. Suggestions of some "middle of the road" schools would help big time. Any information (or suggestions on ways to acquire information) about the quality of education I might receive at UF or FSU would be even better. Thanks for the help, this is extremely stressful.