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Senior in High School looking ahead for Colleges.

  1. Aug 17, 2013 #1
    Hello, first off, I want to say hello, I am new here! I am also a senior in high school looking for colleges, as well as what the road of physics has to offer after college.

    Secondly, I enjoy astrophysics with a passion, as well as quantum, and particle physics. But more on the quantum and astrophysics part.

    Should I look into a college that has a major in Astrophysics? Or should I look into schools that offer a physics major with a specialty in quantum/astro/particle physics? Which one is the better decision?

    I have a college(my top choice) in my head. Does anyone have any idea if University of Minnesota: Twin Cities is a good college for such things? I am also looking for sorta cheap tuition. But if I want to go into something I enjoy, I am okay going into debt for a while. Regardless, I am going to be in debt one way or another through college.

    So, when I enter college and get past associates, and hopefully bachelor degree. Do I have a chance to get some sort of internship(again, if I'm lucky) or some job that is related to the major of my choosing? All together, what are my chances and lists of applicable job opportunities during and after college, if all goes well.

    Thank you for reading and responding!
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  3. Aug 17, 2013 #2
    Have you considered doing a search on the collegeboard? You seem to be considering only academics and finances. While they are major concerns in the university selection, they are also not the only concerns. Hence I would recommend you do a thorough personalized search on the College Board to obtain better results to aid you in the college selection process.

    Also, getting a job in one's own field is extremely difficult (unless one is an engineer in a field with high demand). Also, how sure are you that you will major in physics? This is an important question, because most colleges allow you to change majors, which a lot of students end up doing. That said, if you are not absolutely certain of your major (and I am almost sure that you are not), then you should look into the general academic atmosphere of a school rather than its focus on specific subjects, for a certain subject may cease to interest you at a later time.

  4. Aug 17, 2013 #3


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    Just plan on majoring in physics. Most schools don't offer anything more specific than that, and that's fine. If you want to do research in the field for a living, you'll specialize in graduate school. U Minnesota is fine. Make sure they offer opportunities for undergraduate research if you are planning on grad school (there are very few jobs in astrophysics if you don't have a PhD, and not many even if you do).
  5. Aug 17, 2013 #4


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    U of Minnesota is definitely a decent place to go. It's a big school with research in a variety of fields. Have you checked their web site?


    As eri said, in physics you don't usually specialize seriously until you get to grad school. When I started grad school (at U of Michigan), I thought I might go into low-temperature physics. I ended up getting my Ph.D. in experimental particle physics. The grad student in the cubicle next to me there (also working in particle physics) did his undergrad at U of Minnesota.
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