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Private vs. Public Universities

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Stephanie Treanor, Journalist

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As members of the class of 2016 make their decisions about where to attend college, or whether or not to attend at all, they have to address the common fight that occurs every year. Do they go to a private school? Do they attend a public school? Is one better than the other?

 

Many students have dreamed of attending a specific school for as long as they can remember. Whether it be their parent’s alma mater or the Ivy League, they all have “the” school. Many students here at Catalina Foothills High School have always imagined the University of Arizona as their “it” school. However, now that they are being asked to make a final decision it is their job to know all the facts before they decide.

 

Here are your facts seniors. According to USA Today there are three major differences between private and public universities which include funding, class size and school size.

 

Private schools rely heavily on donations and private contributions which allow for these schools to give more money in scholarships. However, state schools are funded by government, and are limited in the amount and quantity of scholarships they can give.

 

Public colleges are relatively larger in size with more students and more specialties to study. Although you may get the chance to take more courses at a public college, private colleges have generally smaller class sizes and a smaller teacher to student ratio.

 

The main arguments against one and for the other are tuition and resources. Tuition is on average higher at private schools because they are able to offer more resources and amenities to students. Public colleges may have a lower tuition with fewer opportunities for students.

 

The  May 1 decision deadline for colleges is a cause of stress for many seniors and their parents. These factors are important in considering any college, private or public. When it comes to making your decision, choose where you think you’ll be the happiest. Good Luck with your decisions, class of 2016.

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