Public Colleges vs. Private Colleges: Which Should You Choose?

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 9/24/15 8:00 AM

Are you struggling to decide between a public and private college? What is the difference between the two anyway?

It’s a common question with a pretty simple answer. The main difference between public and private colleges is how they’re funded. Public colleges receive most of their funding from the state government, while private colleges rely solely on tuition and funds raised privately by the institution.

Cost Differences Between Public and Private Schools

If you’re applying to an in-state public school—a college or university located in the state you’ve lived in for at least a year—you will pay less in tuition than out-of-state students. Then again, if you apply to an out-of-state school, you will be paying more than someone who is a state resident.

On the flipside, tuition rates remain the same for everyone at private institutions no matter where you live, but could cost more than a public institution.

Aside From Cost, What’s the Difference Between Public and Private Colleges?

But which school would you want to go to if money weren’t a part of the equation? It’s important to consider the whole school rather than focus only on the price tag.

Which college or university will offer you the most well-rounded experience for your academic and extracurricular goals? Which provides the type of social atmosphere you prefer? Weigh all the pros and cons to make a decision.

Do you have a dream job in mind already? Research which colleges and universities your top employers largely recruit from. Check the companies’ LinkedIn pages to find out where most of their employees went to school and make note of any schools that seem to produce the most job candidates for that company. You may want to set your sights on it.

But no matter where you go, remember that college is what you make of it. No matter where you attend school, make the most of your time there. Take advantage of every opportunity. Participate in research projects, join clubs and leadership programs, get an internship or two, or start entry-level experience in your field while you’re still a student.

These activities will give you a leg up on the competition in the job market, and probably more so than your choice of a public or private institution.

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Topics: Choosing a College, Financial Aid





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