Private School is the Way to Go

Private School is the Way to Go
Private School is the Way to Go
You’re faced with many choices when picking a college, including whether it should be private or public – perhaps the most important distinction between four-year colleges. So what’s the difference? Public colleges are funded by state taxes while private colleges are supported by private donations and tuition. As a result, private colleges are much more expensive. But according to the College Board, students at private colleges were awarded an average of $14,400 in tax and grant benefits per student during the 2009-10 academic year to alleviate the high costs. So the price of tuition shouldn’t discourage you from reaping the benefits of attending your favorite private college.

Seven years ago, the Higher Education Research Center at UCLA found that students at private institutions have higher completion rates. The four-year completion rate for students at private institutions fell at around 50 percent depending on the school’s affiliation or non-affiliation to religion. Students at independent private colleges graduated at a rate of 56.1 percent, Roman Catholic affiliated at a 46.4 percent rate, and other religiously affiliated at a 51 percent rate. Students at public colleges experienced a completion rate of 24.3 percent. The study also indicated that students at private colleges were getting good returns on their investments.

The increased success can be attributed to smaller enrollment – often 10,000 or fewer – and thus students are consistently able to select the classes they need in a pre-determined semester plan, keeping them on track to graduate on time. Students also experience a more hands-on and engaged learning atmosphere where they can interact with their professors and fellow classmates. A smaller professor-to-student ratio also means that professors are more accessible outside of class, and they may offer more resources and activities related to their subjects. Of course, there are plenty of small public colleges, but many aren’t as academically recognized as their private counterparts.

Student comfort is also an important factor that leads to academic achievement. Attending a school with professors and peers who share your same values can enhance your educational experience. In addition to religiously affiliated colleges, there are women’s colleges and private historically black colleges. If you want to try something different and move away from home, private colleges are typically friendlier to out-of-state students because they aren’t required to admit a certain percentage of in-state students. For example, students from the Northeast flock to Tulane University where they get to experience the vintage Southern culture of New Orleans. Ultimately, where you’re educated is a big determinant of how your future will unfold. Private colleges simply offer many things most public colleges cannot.
http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2010/03/

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