This is actually a really interesting topic to me and I've had several discussions about it with friends at school. I've attended 2 universities now and have had quite contrasting experiences at both. I first attended UC Berkeley and to put it mildly, got reamed. After that experience I had it in my head that college, in general, was just insanely difficult and I was a complete idiot with no hope whatsoever (even though I was a 4.0 student in high school.). I'll skip following chapter in my life, but basically I decided I wasn't happy working and wanted to go back to school to try again, so that I could go on to professional school. I started up at a Cal State university and based on my Berkeley experience, I was scared shi*less that I was going to fail again (or at least, just suck), but I was motivated now and went hardcore with the studying. Needless to say, it's now 1 year later and I have a 4.0 in my post-bac work and there's literally only been 2 midterms that I have not scored the high on, even after this quarter where I took o. chem, biochem, physics and animal bio simultaneously. It's definitely been a combination of 2 factors - one, that I actually care now about my schooling and I'm motivated to do well, but I believe that that biggest factor is that the difficulty is just far less than it was at Berkeley. If you studied and you know your material, you should do well. We don't have exams where 30 to 40% of the questions are omfg-its -like-solving-5-rubix-cubes-in-50-minutes style questions, the likes of which were constantly on Berkeley midterms. So basically the point is, there seems to be this large discrepancy in difficulty at various colleges, and I've always wondered how say someone from Cal State fairs in med. school as compared to a Berkeley, Stanford, etc. grad. Curious what people's schools are like. Are the exams straight-forward or insanely difficult with lots of crazy problems? I imagine medical school is immensely challenging (probably even moreso than Berkeley) and it just seems to me that people who managed to do well in one of the easier colleges, but struggled, would probably not fare very well. Even people who did well but didn't struggle as much, because of their lack of rigorous training, might struggle as well. You would think there would be some kind of standard of education at schools where people can potentially get into med. school. I'm actually a bit bitter that people who get 3.8's, 3.9's, 4.0's from a way easier school can get into med. school and because of my 2.5 from Berkeley, I have to do all this post bac work to make up for it to even stand a small chance (granted, it is largely my fault, but still I don't know that even if I really busted tail I would've done a whole lot better). Heh ok I've said a ton. What are your all thoughts on this if any?