I am going to apply to colleges next year and have been told by my counselor to find a list of 4-8 schools that are "good fits." What factors should I consider to find a good fit? I can pretty much picture myself doing well at any type of school. All I am really want is an academic challenge (I am bored silly in high school and I've exhausted math/physics courses at the local college). I hope to pursue a physics or a dual math/physics degree. My grades and ACT scores place no limits on the colleges I can choose from. How can I compare the quality of, say, physics departments? Will I get virtually the same undergrad physics education anywhere, or should I shoot for "top" schools? Does anybody know about physics at Carleton College?