Hi, I want to apply to accelerated BSN programs in Illinois/Chicago area and am wondering if taking the science/math prerequisites at a community college (maybe one of the City Colleges of Chicago) will negatively impact my chances of being accepted to a competitive program like Loyola's. They are much more affordable, but does it look better to take classes at one of the private colleges like Northwestern University or Loyola University Chicago or even UIC with it's awesome reputation for nursing? The problem is I work full time and would need to take evening classes. The community colleges offer the most flexible schedule of courses and are most affordable. Speaking of Northwestern, their School of Continuing Studies courses, while the cheapest of the private schools in the area, are only 2.67 credits each, which I guess means you will have to take more classes to account for the 3 and 4 credit prerequisite classes (3 credits of statistics, 4 of each anatomy & physiology I & II, etc.). What is better? A) Taking community college classes and doing really well and not breaking the bank, or B) taking classes at a higher caliber school at the risk of having to take more classes, deal with less flexible schedules and higher prices? Where do most successful applicants to ABSN programs take their prerequisites? I'd greatly appreciate any insight or feedback! Thanks in advance.