I am a rising high school senior who will be entering college in 2013 as a Physics major. I am currently deciding between two options and was wondering what you guys think would be best for my ambitions of entering a top graduate program. 1. Penn State: Academic scholarships would make it almost free and I have received a scholarship that gives me priority involvement in faculty research and the means to conduct my own research culminating in an undergraduate thesis. 2. Cornell: Alluring for the prestige of their program and possible research opportunities. Which would you choose for a student with grad school ambitions. Cornell for the greater prestige or Penn State with lower prestige but greater research opportunity? Additionally, I love both schools equally and would feel at home at either one, so "what's the best fit for you" analysis is rather useless.