Hi, I've been lurking for a while but I finally have a question worth asking (or at least I think so). My family is moving to California, and as a result, it is necessary that I transfer. I am looking at attending the UC's but I've heard that it is extremely difficult for a non-state resident transfer applicant to be accepted, so difficult in fact that they regularly deny admission to transfer students with 4.0 GPAs. I trust my source, as he is a friend who works in the UC Berkeley admissions office. He said that my best chance is to attend a community college that participates in the PAIF program, recieve a GPA higher than 2.8 (that's a given), rack up about 40 credits and I'm basically guaranteed acceptance into a lower-middle tier UC such as Irvine or Merced through this PAIF contract. I want to go through this route because, during my 1 year racking up 40 credits, I will establish residency, which will basically cut my tuition for any given UC in half or so. Additionally, it is past the filing period for Fall of 2006 for the UC's in the area that I'll be living in. My question for you guys is this: is spending 1 year taking classes at a community college detrimental to my medical school application? I am confident that I will maintain a high GPA, but will the simple fact that some of the classses that I've taken (~40 semester credits) were taken at a community college? Is it advisable that I complete my general ed courses at the community college as opposed to my basic sciences required by medical schools, and hold off on those until I get accepted to the university? What is the best course of action for me? Sorry for this long post, but I really appreciate any feedback.