I know that, theoretically, I can be a physicist no matter where I go to college (normal state colleges being the lower limit) as long as I get a physics degree. But from what I have read and heard, obtaining a physics degree from a top college is crucial if I wanted to be a good physicist. The idea was that I could definitely not enter a good graduate program if I went to a regular state college. Only the best are considered. I think that I am a good student who has a chance of going in to a good college but the chance that I will not get in a good college is still considerable. My question is: Should I abandon my attempt of getting a physics degree if I do not enter a good college? What about a math degree? My prediction is that the answer is no.