This year, I am entering my senior year in highschool. I plan on majoring in physics, but I'm having some trouble deciding where to apply. Obviously, I'm not going to decide where I go to college based solely on advice given in an online forum, but I'd appreciate a couple nudges in the right direction. A little background infortmation- My family isn't made of money, so wherever I go to school must be affordable. I'm not a fantastic student, but I'm not a terrible student. I've made some As but also a lot of Bs. My SAT and SAT2 scores are very high and I got fives on all of my APs. I'd like to know what kinds of schools I should apply to. Is it true that where you get your undergraduate degree in physics is far less important than where you go to grad school? If this is the case, I'm considering the University of North Carolina, because the affordability of in-state tuition would be a huge plus. I'm taking multivariate calculus and mechanics through UNC this semester, so I'll find out a bit about the program that way. Are there any slightly less competetive/more affordable schools that have very strong physics programs out there? What about schools with undergraduate research opportunities? I feel so lost right now. There are so many schools out there and I'm having trouble finding the information I need. Thanks in advance for your help!