I'm a math major who goes to a community college in California. I've gotten the highest grades in all my math classes through differential equations. I have a 4.00 and I have enough units to transfer to a university. I also work as a tutor for the school... but I was never exposed to anything above algebra in middle school/high school (I went to a non-traditional school) so I am not a young superstar at math. I didn't know I was good at math until I went to college. My problem is I have a genetic disease that has left me in a weak physical condition. I live with my family because I'm not able to fully take care of myself. My only option for my bachelor's degree is to go to the university that is close by, which happens to be a low ranked state school. I could get into Berkeley... a lot of people from my community college transfer there, but because of my health I can't move that far away. I would have to have all my expenses paid, including apartment and extra money for special needs, in order to go to Berkeley. I know someone who goes there and he pays for his own apartment. UCSD and UCLA are closer than Berkeley, but still too far to commute. Geography is the only reason I may end up at state school. What I want to know is, how do grad schools view people who have health problems that prevent them from going to the top undergraduate schools and traveling to do summer internships? Does going to a low-ranked school automatically disqualify me from getting into Berkeley or Stanford for grad school? If you were me, what would you do? How would you make the best of your situation? My goal is to get a PhD in pure math from the best school I can get into. Thanks.