Columbia's Applied Physics or Cornell's Engineering Physics?
If I were to get into Columbia SEAS for Engineering in Applied Physics and Cornell SEAS for Engineering Physics as a transfer student, where should I go?
USnews ranks Cornell's Engineering Physics as the #1 Undergraduate Engineering Sciences program in the nation. I assume that Columbia's Engineering in Applied Physics must be a top applied physics program in the world as well.
I do not care about financial aid, location, partying scene, extracurricular activities and weather. Also I do not want a combination of liberal arts and engineering. (done enough of liberal arts!)
I am looking for a TOP-NOTCH hardcore RESEARCH BASED engineering physics education where I plan to work like a slave. My career goal is to get into one of the national labs. So I am looking for a school that will best prepare me for graduate school, particularly HARVARD OR MIT (for their applied physics program)and provide me with opportunities for undergraduate research programs.
Any help would be appreciated. Please do not make comments like "what if you don't get in...."etc. I am destined to get into both schools. Once again, thanks for your help in advance.