First congratulations to all that got offers, and good luck to those that are still waiting!
Just like a lot of people here, I am making decision between schools currently. I would appreciate it if anyone could give me any suggestion!
As in my post title, my main confusion is how much the reputation of the program would affect my future career in academia or industry respectively.
Scenario: School A has a very TOP program and a big name (ivy, great at liberal art and science according to US News); school B has a good program (top 10ish, bigger department) and the college itself is a big state school (out of 30 for undergrad, good at engineering/STEM, but so-so in other fields). I have not visited the schools since my classes conflicted with their Open House, but I will visit them eventually before making a decision.
1. I am not familiar with people in school A, though it seems that several outstanding researchers there match my research interest; but in school B, there is a specific professor that I know well and want to work with. I originally planned to attend a school like B; getting accepted to A is unexpected.
2. I am not sure whether I want to stay in academia or go to industry in the future. Getting a faculty position seems extremely hard for theoretical physicists these days, especially for an international student like me. I understand the most important factors should be my research work and my advisor, but I am still wondering if a degree from A or B would make a big difference? Or simply will attending A help me get into the "club"?
3. If I am switching to industry, how much will tech companies care about the school you come from? Or how much difference is there between the alumni networks?
4. In 2 and 3, I assume hunting a job in academia or industry in US. But under the current political situation, I am kinda worried about the chance to immigrate. If I go back to my home country, attending A will make my life much easier since it is much more internationally famous than B.
Any thought? Thank you a lot!