I've been searching online for one of the US News reviews, but I have found nothing as of yet. Would anyone here know what are the top ten undergraduate schools in physics and know the rankings?
Agreed, a fundamental physics education should cover certain things. Where I did my undergrad (at a giant state university) they are offering next semester a solid state course, for the first time ever. They offered optics once in the four years I was there. No general relativity for undergraduates. The way things should be aren't any different in America, but the way things are, the physics itself might be the same, but not all schools are created equal.Maybe it's different in the American system, but the thing is: physics isn't different from school to school. A fundamental physics education should cover the same topics regardless of where it's taught.
What does matter are things like the professors and their enthusiasm for teaching, student access to professors, how modern and relevant the labs are, opportunities to get involved in research projects, and the number of like-minded students.