Public Vs. Private College: So What?

Seth Marsh, CUED-IN Seth Marsh, CUED-IN Apr 05, 2016

Before deciding on a college, you’ll have to narrow down your choice by choosing Public or Private.

Ahh yes, the age-old question…

Let’s start out with a bit of good news – as far as your salary after graduation goes, it doesn’t matter where you go to college! Yep – that’s what the research studies are telling us. So, take a deep breath, relax, and just focus on what you prefer for your college experience.

We’ve made a table to compare and contrast the basics of Public vs. Private schools. Keep in mind, these are generalizations! You could certainly find exceptions to these rules if you looked hard enough. 

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If you can’t decide whether or not you want to go to a private or public school, my best advice is… VISIT. Get on the campus, walk around, explore the buildings, talk to professors, talk to students. In general, just get a feeling for the campus. You’ll only get to evaluate the friendliness of the campus, the tastiness of the food, the state of the facilities, and the beauty of the buildings and scenery if you go see it in person. Make a mini-vacation of it – talk to the Admissions office to see if you can stay the night in someone’s room to really see how things operate at that particular school.

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. – you’ll certainly be able to find one that’s the right fit for you.