Last Saturday, the College of Engineering hosted a recruiting event called, "Explore Engineering" for high school seniors. Turnout was great and I had a very fun time meeting lots of students and their parents. I gave a short presentation about our physics programs and opportunities for physics majors. I've attached it here.
My message: we've got a great program and physics provides lots of tremendous opportunities. But just like the University of Illinois isn't for everyone, neither is physics. Forget about the rankings and find your passion, whatever it might be.
Choosing a college and path forward is a very daunting thing. I applaud these students and their families for trying to learn as much about the programs and career opportunities as possible. Best wishes to all of them.