I know there are numerous threads on the topic of taking the hard sciences at a CC vs. waiting until you transfer, but I did a search and wasn't able to find one that addressed this question specifically. I'm still acquainting myself with this whole process, so please feel free to correct me if I have any of the following wrong. My understanding is this: - It's generally best if you can wait to take your pre-reqs at a university. - They are in a somewhat sequential order (i.e. gen chem before orgo, math before physics, etc) - It takes at least ~2 years to complete them. - You typically take the MCAT in the spring of your junior year and apply during the summer/fall of senior year. - You should have all your pre-reqs done before you take the MCAT. If all of these things are true, then it seems like you'd have to either take about a year's worth of pre-reqs at the community college and the other year's worth at the university to be prepared in time for the MCAT, or the other option would be to apply after graduating and take the following year off. Do I have all that right? If that's the case, which is the better option? For me, community college is my only option--long story shortish, my mom pulled me out of sixth grade in favor of "unschooling" and that was the end of my formal education until I started studying for the GED this year (at the age of 21), which I took and did well enough that the college is giving me a full academic scholarship (starting this fall). I spoke to my advisor at the school and she said she typically advises pre-meds to get as many pre-reqs out of the way there so they can relax once they get to university and was truly shocked when I told her I'd heard that was a bad idea. My community college actually offers A.A. degrees in "Pre-Medicine" and "Honors Pre-Medicine" strangely enough (although there is no pre-med advisor), but it seems like that is also a bad idea. Right? Oh wise and all-knowing SDNers, if you have any advice or light to shed, it would be much appreciated!