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    I always found that sort of interesting, the extracurriculars aspect of US university life, I can see why universities would be interested in that but it has never been an aspect of Uni intake in Ireland, north or south, they ask about it sometimes but its not crucial.

    In the age of life logging I can see this is important now, I've heard about friends who go to job interviews and discover that its way more important than they thought, particularly if the extra currculars can involve learning which has a margin impact or significance for their work, like photography, digital manipulation etc. and this then allowing them to better presentations and work like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ceecee View Post
    I did a state for both undergrad and now grad but my employer is paying for that. It's never been an issue. I'm not conveying the idea that state schools are necessarily easy peasy to get into though. It depends on the school and more often, the program. That was the experience we had with our daughter who wanted a good PA program - that narrowed the list significantly. And I don't know what the OP considers "decent" either.
    A lot of state schools are excellent. These are a few that I've had exposure to directly.

    University of Virginia
    College of William and Mary
    University of California, Berkeley
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Purdue

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    Chill out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ceecee View Post
    I don't know what the OP considers "decent"
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    For reference, here are some of the colleges I'm looking into:

    Colgate University
    Colorado College*
    Macalester College
    UMD College Park*
    McGill Univ
    Middleburry College*
    University of Toronto
    Villanova University
    NYU
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    UMass Amherst is my safety.
    Here's some of my general college criteria
    • Want to major in Physics, so obviously a good physics program, but I want to take a variety of classes, so not a tech school like MIT or Caltech.
    • >1000 undergraduate population
    • Not in the south and/or west
    • Decent campus
    • Probably some other stuff I'm forgetting


    EDIT: Forgot to mention that I want it to be near a decent-sized city.

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    Honestly, a strong state school is going to give you the same education as a private school. Many such state schools have very strong departments, and are only less prestigious than say Ivy counterparts for undergrad due to the large student body/being less selective towards instaters. The actual professors are often brilliant.

    If you take a school like Berkeley, its grad departments more or less destroy (as a whole) those of most prestigious private schools. It's good at nearly every field and top of the line in several

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    As long as the school has a good physics program, then you are fine (unless you end up changing your major lol).
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    Quote Originally Posted by StonedPhilosopher View Post
    Here's some of my general college criteria
    • Want to major in Physics, so obviously a good physics program, but I want to take a variety of classes, so not a tech school like MIT or Caltech.
    • >1000 undergraduate population
    • Not in the south and/or west
    • Decent campus
    • Probably some other stuff I'm forgetting


    EDIT: Forgot to mention that I want it to be near a decent-sized city.
    My husband majored in physics and went to Ohio State. It's a very nice campus, undergrad population around 45,000, Columbus is a good sized city. Not in the south or the west.
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    Unless you're headed for a career in business, school rankings don't matter much, according to this study. Science careers are less prestige focused.

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/1...Zom--bWIdPjEJA

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    Calm your tits. You'll be fine. Find a program you like first, the name of a school for a B.S. matter rather little now. Also, states schools accept almost anyone, give great scholarahips, and are often excellent schools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StonedPhilosopher View Post

    EDIT: Forgot to mention that I want it to be near a decent-sized city.
    University of Chicago.

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