1. Aug 29, 2009

### elg0rillo

I'm a high school senior looking into colleges and I'm having trouble picking out good choices for physics programs. I live in Chicago and I'm looking into schools around the Midwest.

My record
ACT:32
GPA: 94.2 (My school is weird and they don't like the 4.0 scale)
My course load is pretty rigorous. In math I've taken algebra I through precalc at my school with Calc I over the summer at my cc (I got a B) and Calc II and III. This year I'll being taking 4 AP classes including chem. I've taken 2 already (they were just history though).
My EC's are lackluster though.

UIUC and UChicago are obvious picks, but what other schools are there which have a good physics program?

2. Aug 30, 2009

Staff Emeritus
Wisconsin, Michigan, Northwestern, Michigan State. (I assume you're looking at large schools, based on UIUC and Chicago).

3. Aug 30, 2009

### Staff: Mentor

And if you're also considering smaller schools, Grinnell (Iowa), Carleton (Minnesota), and Oberlin (Ohio).

4. Aug 30, 2009

### arunma

Speaking from experience, I'd say the physics program at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities did an excellent job of preparing me for grad school. I have a friend from Carleton who's also in grad school, and it would seem the program there is really good too.

5. Aug 30, 2009

### Gear300

So you say the university is good? How cheap are living costs there?

6. Aug 31, 2009

### arunma

A 1 bedroom in Minneapolis usually runs about $500-$600 per month. It can be cheaper if you live in a house with roommates. There's also the dorms. Dorms are about the same cost, except that you're living in a small room with a roommate and have zero privacy. The upside is that you get a nine-month contract instead of a twelve-month. My recommendation is to live in an on-campus apartment. It's more expensive and you only get one room, but you have a kitchenette and no roommate (at least no roommate who shares the bedroom with you). And more importantly, you aren't required to have a meal plan in the on-campus apartments.

Unfortunately I don't know anything about Northfield, since I didn't go to Carleton.

7. Aug 31, 2009