I was offered admission at Perimeter Scholars Internationals ( One year MSc Program ), Carnegie Mellon University, Washington University in St Louis, University of Florida, University of Virginia and North Carolina State University. Pretty much my choice is between the first four. My area of interest is CMT especially anything that relates topology with physics.
Honestly, I am thinking now of attending PSI and reapplying next year or deferring my offers. But I don't know if a degree from PSI could improve my profile. I have read everywhere that PSI is a " one time life experience " and I don't want to miss it. They had given me 12 days to make a decision which makes me a little nervous so I have some inquires about PSI :
1) I am asking how reputable PSI is ? I know it has a great reputation in physics but to what extent can it support my application ? I mean how impressive is in the eyes of admission committees a degree from PSI ? Would it boost my chances at top universities ? I am thinking now that attending PSI could improve my chances of admissions if I decided to apply again in the next year.
2) Do I need to accept an offer in order to defer it ? I am thinking that I could ask for a deferral for one year in order to attend PSI ? Do you think it's a good move to do so ? and also If I deferred an offer, Am I obligated to attend after the deferral period or I could reject the offer If I am offered admission at another place ( in case I decided to reapply )
3) Would attending the 10 month PSI program be a reasonable excuse for requesting a deferral or not ?
I'd appreciate any help