Hello, I am currently a student at a community college. I was curious if anyone can give me insight into the best undergraduate UC programs in astrophysics, theoretical, and particle physics. I know that UCB is highly ranked, but I am concerned that my GPA is not sufficient to get accepted. I have quite a few acquaintences who have applied into Engineering programs at Berkeley with 4.0's and were not accepted. I have heard that UCSB and UCSD were good, but I am not a partier and I am concerned that my peers will not be serious about their studies. I would prefer to be at a research oriented university. Additionally, do you think it will hurt my future career if I were to attend a Catholic or religiously oriented school such as Notre Dame or Mt. Saint Mary's?