Hi, I hope someone can chime in and offer some advice. I'm 32 and made the decision to go to college for the first time and earn a Physics degree and then to ultimately pursue a doctorate in a specialty to be decided later. (as of now, from what I can learn on my own, I'm up in the air between astrophysics and quantum entanglement). Aside from all that, like I said, I'm 32 and want to attend college for the first time. I've been lurking on these forums for quite awhile now and from what I can tell, early choices in my education are vital to being accepted in to a "good" graduate program. Being a non-traditional student, an advisor at a local community school informed me that I may have many scholarships available to me as long as my grades are high. Her idea was that I go to the community school to build up a strong transcript, this particular school offers an a.s. in engineering science, and thus, this is where my confusion starts: Like I said above about the choices in my education, from what I can read here, it seems a crucial key to being accepted in to a "good" graduate program is undergrad research (as long as my GPA is high as well). I've also read that some schools offer undergrad research starting in the sophomore year, and others in the junior year. Do you think transferring in to a bachelors programs from a community school would hurt my chances for undergrad research opportunities? (I know not all schools will accept all credits from my local community school as well, so depending upon where I do end, I may have completed two years, but still transfer as a 2nd year, another point of confusion). Secondly, if transferring from a community wouldn't hurt my chances, would taking calc and basic physics courses at a community school hurt my base of knowledge later? Or at this level is this generally the same for every student in the beginning? Additionally, I've read here as well, that smaller schools will give a student a better chance of getting in to some undergrad research, as well, I've read some stories (here or some place else) about how a group of physics students kind of went through it all together. Reading that seemed like it fit well with me, so any tips on bachelor physics program sizes, combined with my other questions would be greatly appreciated... Thanks!