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Public VS. Private Colleges...... Pros and Cons
The BIG one......COST!
The tuition cost of public colleges and universities for in-state residents is typically less than half the average cost of private schools. That being said, private colleges and universities also often offer more in the way of scholarships, fellowships, and other kinds of need- or merit-based financial aid. High-achieving students might actually get a better deal at a private institution rather than a public option depending on their achievements and financial situation. A much higher percentage of freshman receive institutional grants at private schools than those who attend public schools.
Educational environment and offerings
Public universities likely have larger student populations which can translate into larger class sizes, less flexibility to personalize course choices and less personal interaction with professors. Also, the average number of students who graduate in four years tends to be considerably higher at smaller private schools than larger public universities.
That being said, larger public universities tend to offer more in the way of research opportunities and internships that provide very valuable, real-world experience in a student's field of choice. Also, a larger public school usually sustains a greater variety and breadth of majors to choose from and a greater variety of potential groups to join and activities to participate in.