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State vs Private School

July 29, 2015 in Academics, Admissions, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges

So you’re ready to start applying to colleges, and you have no idea whether a state or private school is the best fit for you. Some will tell you state school for the variety, while others will swear by private for the more personal educational experience. Whatever your choice may be, there are always pros and cons that need to be considered for both. I personally went for the state school for various reasons, but I still made sure to apply to local private schools as well in case I changed my mind last minute. While each university or private college will always have slight differences, here are some general things to know about the two.

The first thing to consider is tuition. The costs of a state school will always generally be much cheaper than that of a private school, which is a huge plus. If the state school is equivalent academically to the private school, it’s always better to avoid being in complete debt post-graduation. Unfortunately, several students find themselves in this situation and later regret attending the private school simply for the monetary aspect.

State schools also have a much bigger population of students, while private schools do not. Some state schools can have up to 50,000 students, while private colleges may hold less than 5,000 students total. This can be a good or a bad thing depending on your personality. If you’re looking for a variety of students and larger classes, then opt for the state school. If you feel more comfortable in a personal setting where several of your classes will only hold 30 students or less, then private school is the better option. Oftentimes at private schools, you will have classes with the same people. The percentage of students that dorm will probably be higher at a state school also since the dorms are specifically cut out for people who are living away from home for most of the year. Private schools will generally have a higher percentage of commuters that choose not to live on campus. With that being said, the campuses will be more spread out and bigger at the universities as opposed to the compact layout that private schools offer. State universities are also usually located in college towns where the nightlife is more popular and bars surround the college.

The sports at state and private schools will also differ. The D1 sports teams come from the state universities for the most part. This doesn’t necessarily mean that private schools do not have exciting sporting events to attend. It simply means that if you want to attend a school with a big sports name, then a state school will have more to offer.

In the end, there are several factors that need to be considered when deciding between the two. I personally knew that I wanted to attend a large university with a variety of students, so an out-of-state university was the perfect option for me. Naturally, I’m biased towards state schools since I feel that they have more to offer, whether that’s simply in regards to classes, extracurriculars, etc. Some of my major classes are small and more personal, where I am able to meet people with similar interests as me, while the general elective classes hold about 300 students at a time.  I always appreciate having a variety of students to meet and communicate wit, while I have friends that could not imagine being in a class of 300 students.  It’s all a matter of preference.

FSU's large campus holds 40,000 students.

FSU’s large campus holds 40,000 students.

The Things You Miss Out on by Going to a State School

January 3, 2015 in Alive Campus, Colleges, Reviews

In state college

In state college

Going to a state school does have its advantages considering the cost of college now-a-days. However, I took the road less travelled and decided to attend an out of state school. Ever since I was little and my parents talked about me going to college, I knew I wanted to go out of state for school. I was sick of my home and the state as well because I have lived there my whole life and I wanted to get away and see new places and meet new people. Therefore, I chose to go out of state. Here is a list of pros for going to an out of state school which you otherwise would miss out on if you went to a state school.

1.      Meeting new people: If you go to a state school there might be a chance that you might run into people who you went to high school with. It’s the same old crowd, etc. However, if you go out of state, it is less likely you will go to college with people you went to high school with.

2.      Seeing new places/getting out of your comfort zone: If you’ve lived in the same state your whole life, like me, then what a better time than college to experience something new and different?! It helps you learn that there is more to the world than the sheltered life you were living in that town you lived in your whole life. It’s time to spread your wings and learn to fly.

3.      Money: Now this may seem weird, but an out of state school might give you more money than a state school. That’s partly why I ended up at an out of state school as well. The one in state school I applied to did not give me as much money as the out of state school that I am currently attending. Out of state does have its advantages.

4.      Working out of state: By staying in state, you might not have as many opportunities to work out of the state you stayed in because they may not have heard of your college. By going to an out of state school, or a private out of state school, there is a better chance that it is more well-known.

5.      Learning to appreciate what you left: Once I had settled in and been at my college for a while, I realized how much I missed my home and my state. However, I never would have realized what I had unless I went away. I had to go out of state to college in order to appreciate what I had. Now I know I like my home state more than the state I go to school in.

Overall, it really depends on what best fits you whether you choose an in state school or an out of state school. Some people may like to stay close to home and already know that’s what makes them happy and they don’t take it for granted. However, if you are more of an adventurous person and like to try new things, then I would definitely recommend going out of state to school.

Private school or State school? I’ll take state school!

November 15, 2014 in Admissions, Alive Campus, Colleges

It is that time of year, students that are in high school are visiting campuses across the country to decide where they are going to continue their education. For many this task is incredibly stressful. It shouldn’t! This is a great time for students to take advantage of seeing what the colleges have to offer. Now, there is always this debate, private school or state school? State school!

At the University of Maine, a state school and in-state for me, the size of the school is a huge plus and wouldn’t be this large if it was private. In many visits to other schools around the state that are private schools, it felt like a small step above high school. With only a couple thousand students that attend each school each student knows each other. Where is the fun in that? The ability to meet someone new everyday and establish connections that will be beneficial to students is incredibly valuable. Students have the opportunity at the University of Maine to do just that.

State school UMaine

State school UMaine

The campus atmosphere is another area that students should evaluate. Small campuses are the norm for private schools in the state of Maine. It feels too cramped. The University of Maine has the largest campus in the state and also has the most students. Campus atmosphere shouldn’t be your number one reason when selecting a school, but it does play a role in making it feel like the right campus for you.

The expense of private schools are incredibly high. Thankfully, the University of Maine tuition rate is roughly $23,000 compared the annual cost of attending one of the state of Maine’s private schools, Colby, it is at an astonishing $61,100. Students need to think about the cost of their education and how it can effect them in the future. That difference of tuition cost can really make or break a student’s decision. Over the course of your 4-year college career you would pay $92,000 at the University of Maine. Over 4-years at Colby, $244,000. Double the cost!

Another thing that students should look into is remaining in-state. The cost of being an in-state versus being an out of state student is quite high. Roughly a difference of $17,000 at the University of Maine. The great thing the university does is offer a discount to students who are in the New England region rather than just having them pay the full out of state tuition rate. Also, it makes moving incredibly easy. Living far away from home makes moving to and from college difficult. Living within reasonable driving distance of the school you are attending makes it a lot easier.

High school seniors, take all of these topics into account when you are considering what school you should attend next fall. By determining whether or not to attend a state school vs. a private school students need to look at all of the factors. Tuition costs, campus atmosphere/environment and how all of these factors will effect your future. Good luck class of 2019 on deciding your school.

Private University vs. State School

July 10, 2014 in Academics, Admissions, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Events

One dilemma many future college students face is deciding to go to a private university or a state college. There are many factors that come into play when considering each option. In the end, it comes down to how much importance you put onto different aspects of college life.

Do you prefer a close-knit community, or do you prefer to go with the flow at a big state school? How much importance is placed on tuition costs? Do you have to worry about class credits transferring in?

All of these things and more will have to be considered while making the choice between private and state school, so here are a few things to think about before choosing.

1- Class Size

Small Classes

Small Classes

Class size is one of those things that people look to as a mark of quality. The less students in the classroom, the higher the quality becomes.  Private schools typically have less students per class than state schools, which sets the stage for a more personal and efficient student-teacher relationship.

2- Tuition

Tuition Costs

Tuition Costs

Something that every future student should consider is the amount of debt they will be graduating with. If you can find the right state school, you could end up not only with a great education, but a fraction of the debt that you would have had you attended a private university.

3- Campus Community

Campus Community

Campus Community

This is one of the more underrated aspects of college life. A tight-knit student body that is involved with their school through things like extra curricular activities and class events is more common in the private university setting. State schools can have similar activities and events, but it is hard to match the effect that a close-knit, small student body has on class gatherings and other affairs.

4- Transferring Credits

Transfering Credits

Transfering Credits

Many students spend a year at community college before transferring into a four-year program. Some private schools hold extremely strict regulations regarding transferred courses, which could result in the repetition of intro and low-level courses. Students will find much less friction when it comes to the successful transferring of credits while they are looking into state schools as opposed to private.

5- Personable experience

Teacher Giving Personal Instruction

Teacher Giving Personal Instruction

When at a state college, it is not uncommon to feel insignificant when it comes to getting signed up for classes or trying to get other small, seemingly negligible things figured out. Classes can fill up as fast as they became available on the website, and the employees can be trained to handle a bulk of people as quickly as possibly. Not ideal for you.

6- Realistic and Helpful Professors

Understanding Professors

Understanding Professors

Many professors at state schools understand that their students have actual lives beyond the classroom and make it clear that they are willing to work around your schedule as  long as you fill them in.

This comes in handy when you get two 10 page papers assigned on the same day, and want to hand one in a few days after the other one. a state school professor’s response would be “Sure, thanks for letting me know ahead of time!” while a private university professor might respond- “No problem, just hand mine in a week early! You’re welcome!”

So, before choosing which college you’re going to attend, consider these thoughts, and always visit the campus. before-hand.

State School vs Out of State/Private School

June 6, 2014 in Academics, Alive Campus, Colleges

When I was applying for college, I was not sure what the difference between a state school versus a private school was, luckily my best friends helped me understand the difference. A state school is a public school, which overall the tuition is less than a private school. Some people go to an out of state school because they want to experience living in a new environment and state. Yet, going to an out of state school needs to be thoroughly thought because the cost can be high depending on the state the college you want to go is located.



State School

Advantage: Like mention above, the first advantage of an state school is the tuition price. I have a few high school friends who go to Umass Boston and is affordable even without financial aid. I was going to go to Umass because it was really inexpensive for me, but then Wheelock offered me a better financial aid package and I decided to go there since it was closer to my house than Umass Boston.

Disadvantage: I do not know if all state colleges are really large, but I know Umass Boston has a lot of students and therefore their classes size is really big. For those who like small size classes, like I do, Umass would not be an interesting school to attend. This was another reason I decided to attend Wheelock because the class size is small and the campus is small so I will get to meet everyone on campus.

If you like small size classes try to not to go to a state school, but if you cannot afford going to a private school or the financial aid does not provide enough money for you to attend a private or out of state college with a small size campus than a state school will be the best option.

Out of state/private

Advantage: One advantage of going to an out of state school is that you get to live far away from home, in a new state, and in a new neighborhood. This is the goal for most high school seniors because they want to become independent and going to an out of state college is the best way to become independent.

Disadvantage: By going to an out of state school and private school a lot of students face the high price of tuition and boarding. Although, depending on which state it is and which college, the tuition may be lower than other colleges but the boarding price may also be high. I know that at Wheelock, the boarding price is about 13,000 but I think it is higher now because every year it increases by 3%.

If you can afford to go to a out of state school or a private school take the opportunity because it will be a great experience.

I feel that it doesn’t matter if you go to a state school, out of state or a private school as long as you can afford it, and they have the major you want to complete.