does anyone have knowledge or an opinion as to which is tougher to get into? I love the flexibility of applied physics, the ability to take more classes outside physics if that's where my interests wander, or even to join a research group from another field. I'm worried though, because the departments look smaller and for Cornell, the acceptance rate is lower for applied physics. Also the departments seem to be somewhat less established and in some cases, funding is not assured like it is in physics. Thoughts?