A few months ago, I made a thread asking for some guidance related to choosing colleges. I ended up deciding to go ahead and apply to the US. As it turns out, the liberal arts colleges in the top top 50 - top 60 of the US News Rankings have a fair bit of funding available for international students. I don't care about
My eventual aim is to work in physics for as long as I can (i.e, probably for the duration of a PhD) and then move on to industry. Ideally, the school should be able to provide one with a solid undergraduate curriculum (i.e, not Vassar or Sarah Lawrence) and possess the resources (research opportunities for one; whether at the school or elsewhere) that would enable one to get into a good grad school. I'm a guy, so no women's colleges. Sucks, as Barnard and Wellesley are a little less selective than Columbia and MIT; students there can cross-register!
Since among the members here, on PGRE.com, are physics faculty, graduate students and prospective graduate students, I figured I would get good suggestions. It's quite hard for me to be able to gauge the level of a physics program on my own but in some cases, who'll make the cut of my college list is quite straightforward.
I gotta pick ten of the least selective ones. So, already, Amherst, Swarthmore and Williams are out of the question. If I can find enough time to write good applications for them, or I decide to not apply to one of my reach schools, I'll apply to them. Middlebury and Oberlin don't really look like my kinda place (Reed
is my top choice) but if their physics programs are good, I'd be willing to take a chance and apply. I also heard that Kenyon's physics department is the best of their science departments. It looks like a nice school, but I really can't tell.
At any rate, I would appreciate it if you could help me pick out some schools. If you've been to any of the liberal arts colleges in the top 60, I'd be interested to read what you thought of your experience there.
Notes: 1) I do realise that some of you may think I'm nuts. Truth be told, I probably am. That said, I've messed up before and I want to do my very best at college. I don't know of anyone who's knowledgeable enough to help me out.
2) Yes, I know this post is under graduate school selection and that this forum is geared towards grad school preparation and application....which is why I posted here.