VT wrote:plz do not hate me for saying this, but I wonder what exactly people from top 200 universities( I mean the ones that are at the bottom of the list of the US News ranking) in physics do after they get their PhDs. please do not get me wrong here. I am not questioning the ability of students of such universities. Physics is universal. I am just asking how marketable these students are who get their PhDs from very low ranked universities.
excel wrote:I wonder if you are asking all the right questions.
If you go to the low-ranked university, I would imagine that you will have to get a job locally. So, are there high schools, community colleges etc. near that university where you can get a teaching job after graduating or maybe even as a part-time during your PhD? Also, at which university will you have a higher chance of getting funding after the first year either directly from the department or by teaching part-time at a local community college? Would it be better to spend this year working at whatever job you have right now and spending some time studying college-level physics and reapplying next year, so that you are more confident of your physics abilities?
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