Deciding on whether you want to go to a large or small university is one of the first decisions you have to make when choosing a college.
A lot depends on it — the size of your classrooms, the vibe of your college town, and how you interact with your professors.
While the decision ultimately depends on your personal preferences, here are a few reasons we came up with for deciding on a small university.
7. A Smaller Class Size
If you prefer smaller, more intimate college class settings, small universities are the way to go. With fewer lecture halls and more discussions, small universities usually keep the class size below 50 students. You’ll have more opportunities to ask questions, get involved in the discussions and get to know your classmates.
6. Teaching Done By Professors
Small schools may have only small graduate programs. This means there will be few (or no) inexperienced graduate students teaching your classes. Most of your classes will be taught by real professors!
5. Closer Evaluation of Your Work
College writing is not the same as high school writing, and it may take some time to transition into. Without the overcrowded classrooms of larger schools, the professors at small universities are able to pay closer attention to each individual student and help them do just that. The feedback you’ll be getting on your work in small universities is likely to be more personal and in depth.
4. You’ll Write More Papers
I know what you’re thinking — this is a perk? Well, depending on what kind of student you are, it is! Grading papers is time consuming for professors. In a large classroom, they are more likely to assign exams and presentations in order to avoid having to read through dozens (or even hundreds) of papers on a regular basis.
If you are like me and prefer to be graded on a paper that you’ve had time to perfect at home rather than on an exam or presentation, a small university will be more likely to offer you that option.
3. One-on-One Contact with Your Professor
In small universities, students are often given more opportunities to meet individually with their professors (and therefore have better relationships with them). It’s during this time that you could get the extra attention you may need or come to understand something that was unclear during class.
2. More Freedom
Smaller universities are usually much more flexible in terms of curriculum. You will likely be able to construct a program based on your individual interests, rather than complete an umbrella of requirements that each student must adhere to. Some small universities even let you construct your own major if it’s not already offered!
1. Less Bureaucracy
As probably the greatest perk of going to a small university, less bureaucracy is something many students in large colleges dream about. You won’t have to wait in endless lines to register, fight tooth and nail (often in vain) to get into closed classes, or go from office to office to get answers to simple questions. It’s almost guaranteed to make your college experience a lot less stressful.
There are perks and pitfalls of attending small universities and large ones — no school is going to be perfect! However, depending on what you’re looking to get out of the college experience, a small university, with its intimate atmosphere, may be the right choice for you.