My kid has been accepted as an incoming freshman at UT Austin and at Rice. Also Vanderbilt, Oberlin and Case Western, but he thinks he has ruled those out. He really is having a hard time deciding. He was worried about the size and bureaucracy of UT, but he would be in a smaller Dean's Scholars programs plus the Plan II honors program, so that would help some. Rice, known for its quirky, smart, creative students, seems like a great fit, but it's a good bit smaller in terms of classes and opportunities, and it's also a good bit more expensive. Any insight into or advice about studying physics at either of these schools? His parents are clueless. Thank you!