Hello All! My undergraduate major is astronomy and I got offers from UNC Chapel Hill and UC Irvine. I wanna do something like observational astronomy or computational astrophysics and I am not interested in theoretical physics at all. UCI is in a really good place but the weather in UNC is also kinda comfortable. Actually I still don't know which specific field to focus on so it's a little difficult for me to compare the two schools. I emailed a prof in UCI and he is like super nice and has a really good reputation among the graduate students. But he works mainly on the numerical simulation on cosmology and dark matter, kinda related to theoretical physics. He told me that he would take in graduate students this year(but we haven't talked about the funding yet). As for UNC, I emailed some professors in astronomy field but got no reply until admitted. There is supercomputer in UNC but I haven't got in touch with any professors working on that. Desperate for advice!!
I think I should also mention that there is a chance for me to get admitted to UW Madison cause I am on the waitlist and my professor just emailed me about that. If admitted, it would be another hard choice for me. Winter in madison is like killing me while the department is a really good one (but I heard that they have the problem of lack of funding ).
Thanks for any advice!!