The Pros and Cons of Private and Public Universities

Choosing the right college is not an easy decision, as many variables must be considered before a choice can be made. You have to decide if you want to stay in-state or go out-of-state, if you want to attend a large or small university, and if you’re going to want to pursue a college degree in the arts or the sciences. There are many different calculating factors when it comes to picking a school, and once you’ve narrowed it down by at the minimum a few determiners, you then have to decide whether you want to attend a private or a public university. And that’s where it gets tricky.

Both public and private universities have their merits in addition as their disadvantages. Before you make a decision, you want to make sure that you’ve thoroughly researched each school on your list so that you choose the one that is best for you.

Private Schools
Private universities are often associated with prestige which is, in turn, associated with a higher quality education. It is true that private universities have smaller student bodies than public schools-as they are much harder to get into-and consequently, have smaller classes, which generally rule to more interaction between professors and students. Over the time of four years, a great rapport can be built between professors and students, which is nice to have when you’re trying to forge a specialized life for yourself. The small student body also lends a feeling of unity between all students, which is great for building relationships with peers.

With a degree from a private university under your belt, getting a more prestigious job may be easier for you than if you were to earn a degree from a public university. This isn’t necessarily because you learned more at the private university, but simply because the name can impress your possible employer.

Though private schools are more prestigious, and may land a graduate a job offer before a graduate of a public school, it is extremely costly and can put you in serious debt, already with financial aid. One year at a private school will cost you upwards of $35,000-that is, if you already get accepted. The acceptance rate is much lower at private universities, and only a fraction of those who apply get in.

Public Schools
Public education may be cheaper than a private education-$30,000 a year cheaper-but that doesn’t average that it isn’t just as good. In fact, already with their large student bodies and class sizes, public schools offer courses that are just as difficult-and oftentimes already more so-than private schools. While the one-on-one professor/student interaction is limited in public schools, that doesn’t average it doesn’t exist; rather, students have to work extremely hard to get noticed by their professors in public schools, as many classes be make up of consistently forty-plus students. When a teacher notices you, be proud of yourself, because that method that you’ve done or said something noticeable.

Public schools are also much easier to get into than private schools and, because of this, their student bodies are extremely different. The varied lends to the students’ educations, as they are interacting with people from all walks of life on a daily basis. Also, the higher admittance rates make it easier for students to attend schools in geographical regions of their choosing. However, as stated above, attending a public school over a private school may make it harder for you to forge a niche for yourself with certain employers-hard work always pays off though, and where you go in life is all determined by how much effort you’re willing to put forth.

Public and private schools each have their pros and cons. calculating which is best for you, however, all depends on what you want to gain from your formal education and where you’re hoping to go with your life. Where you go to school will only determine one part of the path you’re going to take to your end goal-how much effort you put into your education and the choices you make thereafter will determine whether or not you make it.

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