Choosing the right college is not an easy decision as there are many variables to consider before making a choice. You must decide whether to stay in the state or go abroad, whether to attend a large or small university, and to pursue a college degree in arts or science. There are many different factors when it comes to choosing a school, and once you’ve narrowed it down to at least a few factors, you’ll need to decide whether you want to go to a private university or a public university. And that’s where it gets tricky.
Both public and private universities have their advantages and disadvantages. Before you make a decision, you should make sure you’ve thoroughly researched each school on your list so you choose the one that’s best for you.
Private universities are often associated with prestige, which in turn is associated with higher quality education. It is true that private universities have smaller student groups than public schools – as they are much more difficult to reach – and therefore have smaller classes, leading to more interaction between professors and students in general. Over the course of four years, a great professor-student relationship can be built, which is nice to have if you’re trying to forge a professional life for yourself. The small student body also lends a sense of unity among all students, which is great for building peer relationships.
With a degree from a private university, you may find it easier to land a more prestigious job than if you earned a degree from a public university. It’s not necessarily because you learned more at private college, it’s simply because the name can impress your potential employer.
Although private schools are more respected and a graduate may land a job offer before a public school graduate, it is extremely costly and can leave you in serious debt despite financial support. A year at a private school will cost you more than $35,000 – if you get accepted at all. At private universities, the admission rate is significantly lower, and only a fraction of the applicants get in.
Public education may be cheaper than private education—$30,000 a year cheaper—but that doesn’t mean it’s not just as good. In fact, despite their large student body and class size, public schools offer courses that are just as difficult—and often more difficult—than private schools. While one-to-one interaction between professor and student is limited in public schools, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist; Rather, students have to work extremely hard to get noticed by their public school professors, since many classes consist of over forty students. If a teacher notices you, be proud of yourself because it means you did or said something outstanding.
Public schools are also much easier to get to than private schools and for this reason their student groups are extremely diverse. Diversity helps educate students as they interact with people from all walks of life on a daily basis. Also, the higher admission rates make it easier for students to attend schools in the geographic regions of their choice. However, as mentioned above, attending a public school versus a private school can make it harder for you to carve out a niche with certain employers – however, hard work always pays off and where you go in life depends entirely on how much effort you put in You have you are ready to bring forth.
Public and private schools each have their advantages and disadvantages. However, deciding which is best for you depends on what you want from your formal education and where you want to go with your life. Where you go to school determines only part of the path you will take towards your ultimate goal – how much effort you put into your education and the decisions you make afterwards will determine whether you succeed or not.
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Thanks to Amanda Moses