Advantages of being a professor at a "top" school? Hi PF, What advantages are there for professors who go to highly regarded schools, as opposed to mid level schools? I am assuming there may be higher quality peers (professors), but what else could one get at a "top" school that one couldn't somewhere else? Funding? And a huge ego boost for many, but I'm trying to be in the minority there. The one thing that attracts me towards professorship is freedom. They are paying me to do the thinking I want to do (plus paperwork). If there's no more freedom in staking out a desk in Harvard as there is owning one in a Hawaiian university...I'd take the surf.