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Top Non-Ivies for Undergraduate Physics?

user_733915user_733915 0 replies2 threads New Member
What are the top non-ivy schools for Undergraduate Physics?

Also excluding caltech, Standford, and MIT.
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  • MWolfMWolf 2770 replies14 threads Senior Member
    Public: UIUC, U Washington Seattle, GTech, UMichigan, Colorado School of Mines, NM Institute of Mining and Technology, Berkeley, OSU, Wisconsin, Cal Poly SLO, and many others

    Private: RPI, CMU, Duke, CWRU, Rochester, Northwestern, USC, and more

    LACs: Harvey Mudd, Carlton, Grinnell, to name a few
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  • WildestDreamWildestDream 455 replies4 threads Member
    While these rankings are for PhD programs, the corresponding undergrad programs will be good quality too: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-science-schools/physics-rankings
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  • Eeyore123Eeyore123 2073 replies25 threads Senior Member
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  • bluebayoubluebayou 28066 replies209 threads Senior Member
    UCSB, Hawaii, Penn State, Boston U, Tulane, UC Irvine, Colorado, Rice, UCSC, Michigan State, Rochester...
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  • merc81merc81 11887 replies203 threads Senior Member
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    Look into colleges with a high percentage of recent physics graduates in relation to their enrollments, such as Carleton (24), Bowdoin (18), Reed (17), Hamilton (15), Grinnell (15), Harvey Mudd (14) and Pomona (12). You can use IPEDS to conduct your own research, e.g., https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=Carleton&s=all&id=173258#programs. Also research programs that have produced Apker Award recipients/finalists, e.g., https://communications.williams.edu/news-releases/10_13_2015_apkeraward/.
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  • mikemacmikemac 10614 replies154 threads Senior Member
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    The Physics major in the College of Creative Studies at UCSB can't be beat. CCS thinks of itself as grad school for undergrads, so you'll work closely with the faculty and be able to take any class you want (undergrad or grad) at UCSB, prerequisites waived. If you think you can do it, they'll let you. UCSB is also the home for the The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.

    CCS describes itself as
    A place for radically curious and passionate students

    A small college for self-directed students within a world-class research university, providing a rigorous, accelerated program facilitating original undergraduate work.
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  • Sam-I-AmSam-I-Am 670 replies25 threads Member
    Like @Eeyore123, UChicago comes immediately to my mind though many LACs have excellent departments.
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  • mountainsoulmountainsoul 181 replies2 threads Junior Member
    University of Colorado-Boulder
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  • CamasiteCamasite 217 replies9 threads Junior Member
    You should look at Reed College. They rank top in the nation in the number of STEM majors who go on to earn PhDs. They are also the only undergraduate school in the nation with a nuclear reactor that is run by physics undergrads.
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  • kidzncatzkidzncatz 1144 replies7 threads Senior Member
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