So, recently my college admissions decisions have rolled in with rather mixed and uncertain results. What would be the best option for a student intending to major in physics (and possibly go to grad school)? My school seems to think that I would be able to work together with them to get off of at least one waitlist. Accepted to (and most likely attending): Harvey Mudd College (CA) Waitlisted at: Cornell (responded no, so it doesn't matter), Dartmouth, Harvard, U of Chicago, Duke, and Williams College (MA). -Harvey Mudd is pretty nice and is definitely big in the eyes of many graduate schools, but it is very, very far away from home back East. I also feel that I may fit in better at some of my waitlists (I love intellectual diversity and interacting with people that have very different academic interests than my own). The smog is also a concern for me (I am asthmatic). HMC is definitely a great option, though. -Dartmouth: Much, much closer to home and (at this point) one of my top choices, but I don't know much about their physics department. I have looked online, but I cannot find many opinions about their undergrad programs. They tend to graduate a very small number of physics majors every year, but I cannot find out where they go to grad school. Does anyone know much about the reputation of Dartmouth's undergrad physics programs? They are increasing the freshman class size so I may have a shot at getting off (this plan was not taken into account during their regular admission cycle). From what I have gathered, their reputation is good, but I just want a few more opinions. -Harvard: It's Harvard. Great physics program and a great school overall. -Duke: A little bit big but, otherwise, I think I would have research opportunities and a decent shot at grad school. Their waitlist is massive this year, though. -Williams: Another great school. I have met two alumni, one who now is at Harvard and another at MIT. Their waitlist is huge compared to their class size, though. Thanks everyone!!!!!