I am currently a high school senior and have received all of my decisions for college. The acceptances are: UNC Chapel Hill Brandeis UMD College Park University of Maryland Baltimore County I am waitlisted at the following schools: Duke Carnegie Mellon Cornell Johns Hopkins My question is: which one would provide the best physics education and overall quality of life? I am visiting Chapel Hill this week for the second time and love the town. Any comments on academic merits of these schools? Thanks in advance.