I am a student that is hoping to (after my bachelor’s) pursue a PhD in some sort of topic relating to particle physics. To prepare for graduate school, I was thinking about focusing my admissions work on attending either MIT or Harvard, but I am unsure about which one should be my “dream” university. I am trying to find an ideal university for my goals to act as a motivator for myself while I write the essays. Which one is most ideal for my circumstances? I made a small list below of some pros and cons that I found online about each school.
- generally seen as the best undergrad university for physics education
- the UROP program will allow me to do extensive research as an undergrad
- mostly an engineering/CS school, but still a lot of people take math and physics classes
- Notorious grade deflation, but maybe this is a good thing for me to grow academically
- sometimes seen as “nerdy”
- generally known for the particle physics subject. I could take grad school courses, which will allow me to prepare for a PhD.
- not as many STEM students, so it would be easier to get research
- seen as less “nerdy”
- grade inflation, so could be easier to do get into grad school
- less known for “general” physics courses
- school is not as known as MIT for science, so fewer of my classmates/friends will be STEM students