FAQ About Student's Guide to College and University Selection

How do I decide between a public or private college or university?

Choosing between a public or private college or university depends on your individual circumstances and priorities. Here are some factors to consider:

Cost: Public institutions are generally less expensive than private institutions, although there are exceptions. Private institutions often have higher tuition and fees, but may also offer more generous financial aid packages.

Size: Public institutions tend to be larger than private institutions, which can mean more diverse course offerings, research opportunities, and extracurricular activities. Private institutions are often smaller, which can mean smaller class sizes, more individualized attention from professors, and a closer-knit community.

Location: Public institutions are often located in urban or suburban areas, while private institutions may be located in more rural areas. Consider which location would be most comfortable and convenient for you.

Academic Programs: Public and private institutions often have different strengths and weaknesses in terms of academic programs. Research the institutions you are considering to see if they have programs that align with your academic interests and career goals.

Culture: Public and private institutions may have different cultures and student populations. Public institutions may have a more diverse student body and a wider range of perspectives, while private institutions may have a more homogeneous student body and a more defined campus culture.