Universities are an extremely popular choice among today’s college students for a variety of reasons, including universities’ relatively affordable price and broad selection of majors.
Where private colleges tend to be smaller and more limited in their selection of degree-earning majors, universities tend to, in general, offer a wider range of options as well as more specialized opportunities. Universities also tend to be larger, however, which for many students is a drawback because an increasing number of students consider individualized attention from professors to be an important part of the post-secondary education selection process.
Other students consider universities’ larger size an advantage, as it provides a more diverse student body with whom to socialize, as well as providing a greater number of research and graduate degree opportunities. But where universities’ tuition tends to be cheaper, private colleges tend to offer more scholarships to students. And while this is certainly not to say that smart students avoid universities, many high-achieving students do tend to gravitate towards private schools for the larger number of scholarship opportunities.
Although these facts do not apply to every individual university or private college, they are important characteristics to consider when making the decision about which type of school you plan to attend.