So I sort of went crazy and applied to a lot (I mean a lot) of graduate programs in astronomy/astrophysics. I honestly didn't think I'd get in that many places. Luckily I was wrong. Though I haven't gotten in to all my top choices and I'm still waiting to hear from a few...I do have options. I guess I am posting to see if anybody knows something about the "best" graduate programs in astronomy. By best, I mean in both status and student happiness.
So, does anybody know what is considered to be the top 15 or so astronomy departments? There hasn't been a recent national ranking in a long time (I think 1998 was the last one) so I am just trying to base this on what people have heard. For example I noticed a lot of people on the forum are just as interested in Washington's astro program as they are physics....and I never knew Washington was even known for their astro program!
I'm also really curious as to how many student get made offers at medium sized schools like Washington. While visiting, is it rude to ask the amount of offers made and the amount of people that generally accept those offers? I just think that would be a very important number to know.
Well thanks for the help everyone. I also wanted to congratulate everyone on their acceptances! Sorry for the length of this post. I suppose I make up for posting so infrequently by length.