Pros and Cons of Public Universities
Tuition is usually much
Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we'll discuss the pros and cons of public universities.The top pro when it comes to choosing your public university or college is always affordability. Tuition is usually much more affordable at a public school than it is at a private school. And if you're an in-state student, you qualify for in-state tuition, which drops the bill even lower.Another pro is generally a loyal student body. School pride and loyalty rank high among public universities, and state universities generally have well-funded athletic departments. There's lots of school spirit based around athletic department and the school itself.Next, think class choices. Generally, a state, local public college or university has a wider selection to choose from when it comes to liberal arts, sciences, or stepping your toe into just about any water there is academically. Another pro is flexibility. Often, public colleges and universities are more flexible, and can work with just about any student, no matter who you are. For example, perhaps you're an older student or perhaps a transfer student back to school after many years of studying.Now let's turn to the cons of attending a public school or college. Let's think about the accessibility of professors. Professors have many more students to worry about in each class they teach. Often times, college professors have hundreds more students than private university professors have. So it might be more difficult to track down that public school professor, or be known in the classroom.Another con can be a school's reputation - or lack thereof. Often, private schools have a reputation attached, whereas public schools, not so much. Perhaps you're looking to join an elite workforce, such as becoming a lawyer. It's often better to have that private school name on your resume even though you're getting the same education - if not better - at a public school.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.