I'm in a sort of dilemma here, but I wanted to know about what fellow PF members feel about the different universities in the USA. Which of the top universities are good at pure sciences, especially physics with respect to teaching and research at the undergrad level? Is it true that Caltech has a better hand at research than MIT? FYI, I'm an Indian 12th grader seeking admission (and I know what a herculean task it is to get into the Ivy League universities). Links to any relevant thread will be appreciated!