While the window of application opportunity may be closing for some public universities, most private universities are still accepting applications. There are many advantages to attending a private college:
- Smaller class size
- Opportunity to get to know your professors better
- Better chance of getting the classes you need
- Greater likelihood of being able to design a major of your own
- Higher chance of graduating in four years — in fact, some four-year private universities guarantee this
- And even though the tuition costs are significantly higher than those of public universities, often the private colleges have huge endowments from their alumni, so that you can get large scholarships and university grants. Because you can most likely graduate in four years (if you don’t mess around!), the overall cost may be the same as that for a four-year college.
The oldest of our four children attended Biola University in southern California. There she got a leadership scholarship, was able to live in the form for as many years as she wanted, made wonderful friends, got a great job as an assistant to the English department’s dean, and received an excellent recommendation that got her a job teaching immediately after graduation. Our out-of-pocket was no higher than that for our other three children who attended public universities.
Give private colleges a chance! Apply and see how the financial aid might play out.
Any good news out there? Where have you been accepted to college thus far?