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Maybe someone else will correct me if I'm wrong, but do you want to do astrophysics or astronomy? At some schools, the astronomy department is completely separate from the physics department (and much more competitive to be admitted into), so if that's your goal you're probably going to want astronomy research. But if you're doing astrophysics (which is generally in the physics department), it doesn't matter, you just need to be admitted into physics.
The ones I knew it was the case are Washington and UCLA. Is that the case elsewhere?
 

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The ones I knew it was the case are Washington and UCLA. Is that the case elsewhere?
This needs to be looked at on a case-by-case basis. When I was at Cal in the '90s there were no grad astrophysics courses in the physics department. Now there are several...
 

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