I just received an open invitation to enter a masters program in physics at San Francisco State University this Fall. I am city college student with a BA in music/computing art, and I suppose that it might be tough to get into top-tier programs without a BS in physics or engineering. On the other hand, I have an almost perfect gpa after 2 years of STEM classes and I've got good extracurriculars and internships on my resume. I am excited by the prospect of studying this Fall, rather than having to wait a year while I apply to other, "better", schools. I also like the fact that the school is in the bay area, and I wonder if there might be positive aspects to being part of a smaller program. I am turned off by the fact that SFSU does not really have a reputable program, as far as I can tell. I want to be challenged, and I worry that, because it is an easier school to get into, my peers would not "raise the bar" to the levels that they might at other more notable schools. Any perspectives on this?