Over thanksgiving break, a girl friend of mine from home was claiming that her undergrad. (Wash U) is more difficult and competitive than medical school will be. Can this be right? Are "top fifteen" or "top twenty" schools really so competitive that students from those institutions are undergoing more rigorous curriculums than in med school (at least the first two years)? She also claimed that due to the competitiveness, the Wash U curves in science classes made it extremely difficult to get A's (there is no curve at my school), but said she thought ADCom's would take the "name of the school" into account when looking at her gpa. Do the committe members really care that student A went to Hopkins, Harvard, UCLA or Wash U?