Hi, I really appreciate this and thanks for any help before hand. I'd like to start looking at schools and I'm having trouble even finding an idea where to start. I want to go back to school as a 27 year old transfer that was a college drop-out but did get an associates degree in a non-related field (marketing). Please don't laugh. I want to either major in physics or electrical engineering. I'm not a genius, I got an 1200 on my SATs (old 1600 format), approx 3.5 GPA, have limited knowledge and no credentials related to physics or engineering. What I do have is an extreme passion and desire to learn, (or I would not be going back to school). I feel a love for the science and I've always been a strong Science student. I took an SAT II in biology in highschool and scored well, but I admit I was much more of a screw up then and now I am mature enough to appreciate knowledge. I know in my heart I will be a great student, but I doubt I look like that on paper. I've been out of school for about 5 years. I do a google search and it's all about Cal tech vs princeton vs stanford, MIT, etc... Realistically, I don't think I can get into any of these schools with my current statistics so I'm looking for a good school (not great/best) that fits me. I know you guys aren't college counselors and don't get paid for this but I could really use some help. What'd I'd look for in a school in a good physics department with a great lab, perhaps smaller classes open more for discussion rather than lectures. A strong electrical engineering department and a level of maturity among the student body. I don't want to party, etc. So my questions are these: Is there anything I can do, any test I can take, that can help me with getting into the best school possible? Then in finding the school: Is there any resource or recommendations you have? Do you recommend any path as an adult going back to school? Should I take night classes that are easier to get into and then try to work my way in? Where and how should I get started? Does being older and "low-threat" have a positive or negative impact on college admissions? Do you recommend any GOOD (not the best) schools? Are tech programs/schools easier to get into than "regular" college?