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Why is it important to consider smaller colleges that are not commonly mentioned or are less popular than, say, Ivy League institutions?

Many prospective college students aim to apply to colleges with a name that is popular and more known. However, experts mention that smaller colleges can provide the same, or better, environment for students to learn. May someone clarify how this can be? #college #education #learning-environment

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Trisa’s Answer

You can often find many really good small colleges. They often have a much better student to teacher ratio, where you can get more individualized learning. Just throwing a couple out: Williams College, Washington and Lee, Colgate. See the list: https://www.collegeraptor.com/college-rankings/best-small-colleges/

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Dan’s Answer

Hi Shakuan,

One thing to consider is there is a cost associated with an Ivy League or well known college or university. Because of this, many students tend to overpay during their education at one of these schools. There are benefits to some of these schools, such as the affiliations you make whether it be in a certain fraternity or sorority or other group which can benefit you in a post college career. This is especially helpful in certain fields like law, politics, and aerospace as examples.

However, that being said, if you were to say want to pursue a career in education or nursing, you would be much better off financially for your out of pocket cost at a smaller school, while still getting a top quality education.

Many students will even spend 1-2 years at a community college, and then transfer into a 4 year school to save money. This will allow you to still get the full college experience while still being financially mindful. In fact, many states are even shifting towards free community college for many students. If you compare this to your cost of spending 4 years at a school it can be between 20-40k total savings.

Hope that helps answer your question.
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Tiffany’s Answer

Hello.

In my opinion it depends on the field of work you are interested in doing. Some professions are geared towards the “Ivy League” schools whereas others are looking for individuals that have hands on training directly on that field. I will also mention that it depends on how you like to be taught. Going to a smaller institution for 1-2 years and then transferring to a larger institution may help with cost and easier transition.

Hopefully this helps!!!
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