I am a current high-school senior and was recently accepted into Hopkins, Duke and Cornell. I intend to major in Physics (although not 100% sure) and was wondering, how greatly would choosing any one of these schools affect my career choices? I've heard overwhelmingly that graduate school is what matters for careers, so would going to Duke (30th in Physics) hurt me as opposed to going to Cornell (7th in Physics)? If it doesn't affect my career paths will it affect my grad school options significantly? Are there any other things I should know while making this decision? Thoughts? Advice? Thanks for your help! EDIT: I was citing these rankings - http://grad-schools.usnews.rankings.../top-science-schools/physics-rankings/page+2# which are in fact graduate school rankings. I made the assumption that there was a correlation between a strong graduate department and a strong undergraduate department, although I realize this may not be true.