Regarding your specialization in glaciology, I don't think it matters now. You don't have to stay in the same university for grad school.
This. It is not necessary to specialize at such an early stage. Trust me, you have a LOT of coursework to get out of the way before you can start focusing on glaciers and sea ice.</p>
<p>Most geology programs are structured along the same lines. Good preparation for grad school in geology in any field involves at the minimum physical geology, historical geology, and basic ocean/atmospheric studies. For glaciology, you'd also need geomorphology, climate dynamics, stratigraphy/sedimentation, chemical and physical oceanography, and remote sensing/GIS. Upper level seminars in subjects like paleoclimatology and tectonics/volcanology would also be helpful. Most colleges with above average geology programs will offer these courses on at least a rotational basis, so check to see if they're offered. You'll need as much math, physics, and preferably computer science as you can handle.</p>
<p>It's not necessary to attend a college that focuses on glaciology or is located in a cold area; that's what summer field studies are for. Focus on colleges that will provide you a strong foundation in physics and math. Consider the same factors that anyone would:</p>
<p>-- How big a college do you want?
-- Would you prefer urban or rural?
-- How much can you afford?
-- Other factors like region of the country, diversity, etc. </p>
<p>tk21769's suggestion of the Keck consortium was a very good one. To that suggestion, I would add Bowdoin College in Maine, which has very strong science programs and a rather good concentration in Arctic Studies.</p>
<p>To answer your original question, any of those schools would provide good preparation for graduate studies. I agree with the others that UW is probably the best bet, but Oregon State has a decent reputation for geology and a superb one for oceanography and would be a good bet as well. CU Boulder and Oregon are solid programs; UAF is not quite as good but is certainly adequate given your interests.</p>