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What is the difference from attending a private college than a public college?

Asked Sedalia, Missouri

I am at a community college and I plan to transfer to a four year college. I need some information of schools I should consider when transferring. Are private colleges better in academics or sports? Why do they cost so much? Are they better than public colleges? #future #confused

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Carolyn’s Answer

Updated Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hi Karen,

This is a great question and when I was choosing a college to attend I had similar thoughts.

Typically private colleges tend to be smaller so class sizes are more intimate versus public colleges that tend to have larger class sizes.  Also private colleges, sometimes, have less options in terms of academic programs.  For me, that was the deciding factor as I chose a public school over a private school because the degree I wanted had more class offerings at the public school.  Now, this is not always the case as each private and public school are different.

In the end, my best advice would be not to focus on whether the school is private or public. Instead, I would focus on what each specific school offered me. Be that in terms of scholarships, sports, academic programs, class sizes, commute to campus, etc.