So I've been lurking quite a bit and have finally decided to post a thread about an application concern that's been nagging at the back of my brain for quite some time... I graduated from a top-50 UC campus in 2006 with a BA in English, GPA 3.54 (would have been higher but I studied abroad in England junior year and their marking is substantially tougher than in the US). I've spent the past two years piddling around in bottom tier healthcare and have decided that it's time to suck it up and do what I really want: apply to med school. Needless to say, I've got to take all my prerequisites. I'm currently at a community college--just finished Chem 1A and Trig (in preparation for Calculus) and received a 4.0 this semester. I'll finish next semester with Chem1B and *hopefully* Calculus (my Trig teacher submitted a petition on my behalf to waive the Precalculus prerequisite because I destroyed the curve in her class...muahahaha). I've applied to CSU Hayward for the Fall 2009 term. I wanted to apply to CSU San Jose but with the budget crisis in California, a great deal of the more impacted schools are no longer accepting applications from students who already hold a bachelor's degree. CSU Hayward (aka. CSU East Bay) is the only other school of "commutable" distance, other than SFSU and a bunch of stupidly expensive private schools. My question is based on the fact that to this point, I've been kind of a school snob--I went to a UC and turned up my nose at the "state schools" like most UC students. I've learned from this forum the importance of "brick and mortar" schools, and I'm pretty sure there's some of that at CSU East Bay (though it's probably mostly bulletproof metals and glasses--yikes!), but I want to know how likely it is that adcoms will view my post-bac location to be as lame as I do. I'm not too concerned with not being able to pull off a respectable GPA, but I don't see the school's reputation changing in the next 2-3 years. Furthermore, if adcoms do see it as a lower tier school, what kind of scores do I need to get on my MCATs to balance this out? I'd especially love to hear from those of you who have applied to med schools from lower-tier undergraduate institutions due to financial constraints. Thank you!