How do I decide where to go?

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How do I decide where to go?

Postby kgulliks » Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:24 pm

I am starting to do research into graduate schools but have no idea where to start. I am interested in either nuclear physics or high energy physics, probably experimental. How do I find out what schools have good programs in these subjects? Thank you in advance!

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Re: How do I decide where to go?

Postby aprilbump » Sun Jul 05, 2009 11:56 pm

Depending on your profile, make a list of universities and then choose the right program.
Ask your professor to help you make up your mind.
Some online resource-
For physics rankings, check
For admission chances and automatic university selection, check

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Re: How do I decide where to go?

Postby Helio » Tue Jul 07, 2009 6:02 am

This is going to sound cliche, but just look at the ranking in US News and see what it says. From there you get an idea of what schools are around and that schools like UIUC are better in certain subjects than for example Harvard or MIT. You might also want to consider Nuclear Engineering depending on what you want to do.

Then I would always look at large experiments in the area you want to work in... lets say HEP Experiment... Check ATLAS, CMS, etc. and see what schools work in that

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Re: How do I decide where to go?

Postby tnoviell » Sat Jul 25, 2009 8:26 am

Going to a school that fits your interests is important, but also important is to make sure you like the town/city you will be living in. You will be living there for quite some time, be sure that you enjoy location as much as you enjoy the school itself.

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