Greetings PF! I'm a Canadian student currently finishing my senior year of High School, and intensely looking into undergraduate studies around Canada and the US (as I am a dual citizen of both countries), with the eventual hope of going into theoretical physics. However, I am also interested in many other scientific fields, and that should be taken into consideration along with the rest of this post (the point being that I want a school where, given I desire to research or study something completely different, I will be able to do so without problem). Reed College, for those of you who don't know, is in Portland, Oregon, and is considered one of the most intellectual schools in the country. According to the Princeton Review, it is ranked among the top ten undergraduate schools, with the top overall undergraduate experience in the US. Furthermore, it has an incredible first year humanities program, which I find thrilling (I do not simply wish to ignorantly corner myself into one field of knowledge, such as physics, and limit my scope or vision of the greater truth). It is, of course, and Liberal Arts school, which is also what I desire, however, I do not know if this will put me behind those who study at larger technical institutes, or not. I do not relate to the "science nerd" types at technical schools, though, and I find a LAC population far more interesting and intellectually stimulating than a student body wholly focused on my area of study. Which is better, a large group of people interested in your area of concentration, or a small, tight-knit group of people where you are extremely well known to the professors? (I think at Reed they graduate 12 physics majors annually, which is unusually high for a student body of 1,500). According to the Princeton review, as well, Reed is more academically vigorous than many Ivy league colleges, and is rated equally in academic rigor with Harvard for undergraduates. I don't know how this relates to physics, however. My question really is whether anyone knows anything about the physics/math program at Reed, and whether studying there would be conducive to acceptance into the top 5 graduate schools in the world? (with the knowledge that Reed students almost never get 4.0 GPAs, and the fourth year involves conducting independent research in your field of concentration). Furthermore, would such a school still allow for research opportunities in physics throughout undergraduate studies, during the summer? How would a school like this compare to a massive university with research background such as McGill or Waterloo in terms of overall physics education/adaptable opportunities for the future (ie. easy transfer from one major to another, prestige enough to get acceptance anywhere, etc.)? I am still applying to many of the Ivy league schools and MIT, but they seem not nearly as interesting nor as philosophically grounded as a school such as Reed. What are your thoughts on this issue? Do you have any experience or insight that would prove useful? Just for background on myself, I am highly interested in studying physics/engineering, or possibly cognitive sciences or microbiology. I have no past experience in Computer Science, which means I will need to pick up the slack a HUGE amount in University, but with hard-work, I know I can pull it off. In addition, I am incredulously interested in philosophy, and literature, which is why I would prefer a liberal arts school, where the focus is on cultivating the intellect, not pursuing mindless operations in one field to absolute superiority.