Hi all, I want to be a professor of mathematics and computer science at a major research university. I only came up with this goal recently, so I haven't really applied myself in school up until now, and I'll be going to the respectable University of Arizona rather than some ultra big-name school. Now that I have decided what I want to do with my life, I am sure that I have the drive and intelligence to succeed there. How much will graduating from a "normal" college affect my chances of getting into a good PhD program? It seems like all the best professors and scientists got their PhDs from places like MIT, Stanford etc., so I definitely want to go to a place like this to get my PhD. My question is, how much will not having gone to a top school for my bachelor's degree affect my chances of getting into one of those places afterwards? If I do extremely well at the University of Arizona, is it possible?