Pros and Cons of Large State Universities


October 18, 2007
by Scholarships.com Staff
For some individuals, a large state university is the best college choice. For others, a smaller school or private college might be the best selection. Before making a final decision to attend the largest university in your state, it is a good idea to consider the pros and cons of state universities.

For some individuals, a large state university is the best college choice. For others, a smaller school or private college might be the best selection. Before making a final decision to attend the largest university in your state, it is a good idea to consider the pros and cons of state universities.

State University Pros  
     
  • Affordable tuition, particularly for in-state students
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  • Knowledgeable instructors
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  • Large library facilities
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  • Many social opportunities
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  • On-campus employment opportunities
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  • Opportunity to meet and develop relationships with many different types of people
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  • School spirit and student loyalty
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  • State universities often attract distinguished scholars as professors
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  • Varied selection of extracurricular activities
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  • Well-funded athletic programs
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  • Wide variety of majors from which to select
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State University Cons  

     
  • Access to professors may be limited
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  • Classes may fill quickly, so you might not be able to get the schedule you want
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  • Class sizes may be very large
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  • Environment may not be as nurturing as a smaller college
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  • Lack of one-on-one attention from instructors
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  • Some professors may be more focused on conducting research and publishing than teaching
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  • Sometimes there is a tendency to over-emphasize athletics
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  • Students may get lost in the crowd, particularly if they are introverted or not inclined to join student organizations
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