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Questions about Undergrad Degree in Physics

  1. Oct 16, 2011 #1
    Hello I am a high school senior just about start applying to colleges. I am looking at schools to go to and get an undergrad degree in physics in but can't really find any information about which schools are the "good" schools really besides ones like MIT, Stanford and others I probably will not be able to make it into. Currently I am looking to apply to the University of Washington, University of Oregon, and possible University of California. I am wondering would all of these schools have a strong enough program to give me a high chance of getting accepted into a masters or Ph. D program? Also are there any other good schools around the western part of the US that have a good undergrad physics program? Also one last thing, I was also thinking about maybe minoring(or double majoring) in either a computer degree or a math degree and I was wondering which would be a better one to go for?
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  3. Oct 24, 2011 #2
    Is anyone able to answer my question? just am trying to get some insight on how I should proceed with my applying to colleges since I do not have anyone in my local community I can really talk to about my future degree plans
  4. Oct 24, 2011 #3
    People can get into good graduate programs from pretty much any undergrad college or university, even if it isn't that highly ranked. There are a lot of schools out there. You know what the really prestigious schools are; beyond that just buy one of those big college guide books and do some reading online. There are a LOT of factors to consider other than the strength of the physics program. By all means, try to get into the best schools you can and make sure that the departments you are interested in are considered strong (by the students at the school, first of all). Make sure you will be happy at the place because it is going to be four years of your life, and hopefully four of the happiest and most fun. Just do well and get some research experience during the summers, and don't worry too much about grad school yet.
  5. Oct 24, 2011 #4


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    for undergrad you should worry more about saving time (transport) and money (fees), the upside of more expensive unversities is (supposedly) better funding which hopefully translate to better equipments in labs.
  6. Oct 24, 2011 #5


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    The schools you mentioned have excellent undergrad physics programs.

    As a general rule, the school you attend for your bachelor's degree isn't the deciding factor for getting into grad school. Your undergrad grades, test scores, research experience, and letters of recommendation are much, much stronger factors.
  7. Oct 24, 2011 #6
    OK thanks everyone for the replies that was what I was thinking it probably would be but just wanted to check. And would a minor in computer programming, Computer and Information Technology or Computer and Information Science i think is what I would be looking at from the University of Oregon, be more helpful for me in the long run then a minor in math? Assuming if I do stick with my physics degree that I will not be doing theoretical physics if that is a factor too. Thanks again for all this help it is really helping with my college search.
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