However, there are true benefits from going to a better school. The largest one by far in my mind is the community. The people who attend top schools, and the professors and staff who work at top schools, are of a higher caliber than lower ranked schools. This is a fact of life. You’ll meet people who are more insightful, more creative, more driven, more passionate, and more competent, largely because of how schools like Harvard run their admissions and choose their faculty. And by working with them, studying with them, and being friends with them, you’ll become better yourself.