but I take courage and inspiration from the other entirely retarded question of ranking 5 ivies (yes, RG...there are such things as stupid questions, like most of mine)
But I'm taking a hell of a shellacking, a half-hourly kick in the nuts (if you will), everytime I check my god damned account for news from Stanford, Yale, Berkeley UCSB, Colorado...and I just need some false hope, or lack of hope -- in facebook terms, "whatever I can get".
The question: Are the above Physics/Applied Physics programs much harder to get into than UIUC? Or are the comparable? (cond-mat.exp)