I'm currently attending Duquesne University for physics and math. I'm going into my sophomore year.
I'm really worried though about the lack of resources at this university, and also the fact that physics isn't really one of its primary majors, nor something it is known for. I want to go to grad school after I graduate, because i'd really like to get into research. For that reason, I am also looking into getting very involved in research as an undergrad. Duquesne doesn't have many resources when it comes to research. I think it might have 2 credits for research in one's senior year, but that's about it.
I'm also a little worried that when I try to go to grad school, they will judge me based partly on the undergrad university I went to, even if I do very well. I really think I have the potential to get into a very good university.
For those reasons, I am heavily considering transferring to another university. I'm not sure which yet, though am considering Carnegie Mellon, since it is so close and is a very good school.
Here are some of my stats:
- In high school, I graduated with around a 3.75 GPA
- I got 1970 on the new SAT's (1290 on the old). I think it was something like, 640 for verbal, 650 for math, 680 for written
- I got 670 on the math subject SAT's
- I have a 4.0 GPA at Duquesne
- I am in the honors college at Duquesne
The only thing I'm worried about is, I also took the Chemistry subject test in high school, and did horribly on it (400). I had absolutely no interest in Chemistry, and hadn't taken it for two years, but my physics class was a joke (horrible teacher) so I didn't think I could do very well on that. I don't know if CMU looks at this.
So the questions are:
- Should I attempt to transfer to another university?
- Would Carnegie Mellon be a good choice? If not, what would you recommend?