I'm trying to decide between doing astrophysics at MIT or OSU, and I thought that I'd ask what the opinions here are. I'd like to do exoplanets, and with both schools have a couple of people involved in that (Winn, Bergasser, and Seager for MIT and Gaudi, Stanek, and Gould for OSU). My reading on the two is:
MIT - Great name in physics, but maybe not for astro? The qualifiers look like they're brutal, and a lot of more general physics classes and not much astronomy. Still, a lot of stuff goes on there, Winn and Seager are appealing to work with, and doing something besides astro. research afterwards (perish the thought!) would be easier.
OSU - Lots of research experience and publishing. Gaudi and Stanek are pretty good, and OSU is a partner on the LBT on Kitt Peak. But Columbus, OH is kind of far away from everything, and it seems like OSU has less recognition than MIT does.
So any opinions on what to choose are welcome!