I go to Lawrence Technological University (www.ltu.edu) in Southfield, MI. Family and friends and pretty much everyone I talked to said it was a top notch school, and I was pretty much set on going there. I applied and got accepted. I am now a 3rd year dual major in mathematics and physics, with a chemistry minor. I will probably be done in 5 years total. Now, don't get me wrong, this school is great and is extremely reputable in the area for engineering and architecture. Also, the curriculum is quite good, the professors are respectable, and the class sizes are extremely small (<15 students). Also, no classes are taught by teaching assistants. However, I'm not an engineering or architecture student, and I'm afraid that the school isn't recognized for math, physics or chemistry. The school is ACS certified for chemistry, but who the hell cares? I am only a chem minor anyways. I am afraid that I will not get into the big time schools for graduate school because of the undergrad school I attend. I have my sights on UM ann arbor, Berkely, and UPenn for graduate studies in physics and I am afraid these schools will look down on my ugrad school. LTU does have a rigorous program, but they don't so a lot in research...especially in natural sciences research...it's mostly engineeriung research (they are building a new materials research center for military applications completely funded by the governemt currently, which might spark research...and the uni does lots of work in fuel cell research, and bridge strengthening research with carbon fiber). The lack of research does nothing for the university's national recognition. LTU is also known to be very easy to get accepted to, but it is hard to stay in because of the rigor of the program (about a 60% freshman retention rate, and even less retention for upperlevel years). This fact also does nothing to improve the university's reputation. I am just afraid that the size and national rep of my ugrad institution is going to hold me back when I apply to grad school. My advisor and the chair of the math department and natural science department thinks otherwise, and they both say I will have the same options as students from other universities, but they might be a bit biased....but I guess I know there are lots of students from LTU go on to do graduate studies in engineering, chem and physics at places like MIT, stanford and columbia. Another thing, is there is not much campus life here at all, since only about 35% of the students live on campus. It is largely a commuter school. This is another factor that makes me want to transfer to another school. What are your thoughts on this? Have any of you heard of lawrence tech? Do you think my ugrad institution would be detrimental to my graduate school options? I will make sure I make good connections with the professors to ensure good letters of recommendation (which is pretty easy here, since the school is so small), and I will be sure to pick up an REU position at another uni for the next couple summers (I am considering Indiana University).