Need avice picking undergrad school.

In summary, the individual is currently looking at schools to apply to after community college, specifically for a physics undergraduate program. They are considering schools in Pennsylvania and Arizona, and are mainly concerned with finding a reasonably priced school. They have a GPA of 3.3-3.5 and no extracurricular activities. They are also looking for a list of the best physics undergraduate schools and are considering schools such as Penn State and the University of Pennsylvania. They are also open to the University of Arizona, although it may not be the most affordable option for non-residents.
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I'm now in te process of looking at schools in which I should apply to after community college, and am having a hard time deteminign what schools are the best for me to apply to. I still have no idea what I want to do as a career, but my high school physics class interested me more than any class I had ever taken and I decided I wanted to major in physics. I may go on to engeneering or some other profffesion, but my only concern right now is finding the right school to complete my last two years towards my Bacholers. Being that I entered community college to save money, I also need to find a undergraduate school that is resonably priced. I would like to find a good college in Pennsylvania that I could get into, but have been contemplating mayube Arizona for personal reasons... in reality I would just like a list of the best physics undregraduate schools. I do not have a spectacular GPA, 3.3-3.5 mor that likely and I have participated in absolutly no extra curricular activities, so I know I cannot get into any of the outstanding schools. I feel this may hurt me dearly.

Sorry for the long post, but any advice would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Does anybody have a link to a list of schools based on ranking. I'm not looking to get into MIT but don't want to go to the wrong school for this.
 
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I don't think your undergrad school matters anywhere near as much as your graduate school (someone else can confirm/deny this). Unless you go to an absolutely horrible school you should be getting a decent education anywhere you go. You can check out each school's website for their course listings and see how complete they are for yourself.

This thread has several rankings for various programs - but they're all for graduate programs.

As for schools in Pennsylvania, what about Penn State or the University of Pennsylvania? I doubt either one will have a bad program for physics.
 
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The University of Arizona is pretty good. IF you were a resident, it would be that much better (tuition wise), but otherwise it's still not that bad.
 
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Thanks guys. I am more looking toward schools in PA, but was considering others. I'm not so sure I'll be looking for more than a bacholers, so I figured the school would be important. Thanks for the list.
 

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