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Where to apply for undergrad.

  1. Jul 26, 2013 #1
    Hi, this fall I'll be a senior in high school and with the Common Application nearly out, I need to finish my final college list. The reason I'm posting on this forum is because my goal is to ultimately attend grad school for a PhD in physics. This is my current list that I've come up with after doing a good amount of searching:

    Strong interest
    -Rice
    -Harvey Mudd
    -Reed
    -Carleton

    Decent interest
    -Cornell
    -Williams
    -UT - Austin

    My 2 backups are cheap state schools.

    When I was looking through schools, I mainly looked at the physics faculty, courses offered, and PhD production rates. This turned up a lot of LACs like Williams, Carleton, Reed, HMC. However I have heard that LACs tend to not offer some higher-level classes (and even some important ones like Thermo) some years due to lack of student interest/lack of faculty. Would this be a problem at the LACs on my list? Everything else about them seems so great, though: smaller class sizes, great faculty, no grad students taking up research opportunities. How are these schools looked upon by grad schools in comparison to larger research universities like UT - Austin and Cornell?

    Also, is it worth it to apply to Caltech/MIT for undergrad physics and would they suit me better than the schools on my list?

    My transcript is decent (35 ACT 36 Math, 800 SAT Math 2 + Chemistry, 3.8 UW GPA) so feel free to suggest other schools.
     
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  3. Jul 29, 2013 #2
    You might as well apply to Caltech or MIT, those are fantastic scores you have (unless you had low scores in other subjects not listed) and with a degree from either school you open up a lot of opportunities elsewhere (whether it's grad school like you said or a career).
     
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