Black Vs Orange: Private Universities
Alice Scarlett Baker
Private universities offer a better learning environment, as they have the advantage of intimate classes, a small faculty-to-student ratio and more personalized service.
Public universities enroll more students than they can provide for. This applies not just to classes, but to financial aid, library seating, cafeteria seating and even housing.
It’s a rare professor who can memorize all 700 of their students every semester. It’s difficult to clearly understand concepts or ask questions when sitting in the back of a stadium-sized classroom.
At private universities, professors also serve as advisors. Since they teach the curriculum, they know the workload and their students’ strengths and weaknesses. They can offer specific sage advice as opposed to generalized advice.
There are more personalized services offered at private universities. Recruiters offer mock interviews, presentations, lectures and workshops that are smaller in scale and more personable.
The Career Center, Multicultural Center, Financial Aid Office and Admissions Office are able to offer a more personalized offering of services. The line for financial aid, admissions and cafeterias is either nonexistent or minimal compared to public universities.
At private universities, students are more than just a seat in an overcrowded room or a person in a never-ending line: They are names and stories to the private university faculty. The faculty is able to offer more personalized opportunities of growth, instead of general guidance, which ultimately equates to a better learning environment.
When it comes time to choose a university for your undergraduate studies, one of the first choices you make is to attend a state or private school. While private schools have great qualities, for most students attending a state-funded school is more appropriate.
One reason is that public universities do not specialize as much as private ones. It is common for an undergraduate to change her/his major before deciding upon a field of study.
State schools offer students opportunities to choose from the arts, social sciences, humanities and sciences. This gives them opportunities to try different fields, with each receiving relatively equal funding and similar overall quality.
Secondly, state schools routinely have lower tuition costs. With many students paying for school through student loans, attending a public school as an undergraduate equates to less time paying loans and having more money saved after graduation. University of the Pacific students are fortunate to have a plethora of opportunities for different types of aid, but some private schools charge students over $49,000 per year with fewer financial aid opportunities, which makes the first few years after graduation difficult.
While private schools are great for graduates, undergraduates benefit from attending a state school over a private school by having more academic options and fewer financial burdens during school and upon graduation.
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