Large Vs. Small Universities

Whether you are a senior in high school picking out a college or already an underclassman at a university and looking to transfer, you still want to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of your size school. I went to a state university that had over 46,000 students, but I’ve had friends who attend small private schools with 5,000 students. I’m going to take the next few paragraphs to list some of the pros and cons. This is all based on my opinions and my personal experiences at a big time university. My assessment of small private schools might be off because I have never personally attended one.

Right off the bat when you think of a big university (Texas, Ohio State, University of Florida) you think sports. One of the major advantages of going to a large university is their athletic programs. If you are a sports fan, then attending a Division I football school might factor into your decision. Televised games, pep rallies, homecoming parades, and rivalries are all part of attending a large university. However, you do not have to love sports to go to a D-I school. There are thousands of students at large universities that want nothing to do with sports, and that’s OK because there are plenty of other things to do.

Large schools also come with large libraries and media centers. There are plenty of places to study and plenty of computer labs to get your work done during class. I used to go to a computer lab (there were hundreds of computers in there) in between my classes and surf the web or complete my homework from the night before. At a small school there may only be one library and it might be too far out of your way. At a big school, there’s a library, study hall, or computer lab on every corner.

Food is another advantage of attending a large university. They have several dining halls and not to mention Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Chik-Fil-A, Taco Bell, Pizza hut, and basically every other fast food joint you can think of right in the middle of campus. You can get food anywhere. And the dining halls actually have eatable food. They don’t serve Helda’s three day old meatloaf and peas. We had freshly baked omelets with bacon and pancakes every morning. I bet you can’t get that at Flagler College.

Some other quick advantages of a large university are the social aspects (fraternities and sororities, intramurals, clubs, student government, and so on). Most universities have a distinguished faculty that know what they are doing. Another advantage is there is on-campus housing for freshman (and sometimes sophomores). This gives you to opportunity to wake up 10 minutes before class starts and walk there in your PJs.

Some disadvantages of a large school are the enormous sized classes. It’s likely you can have a class with 900 people. No matter what you say or how many questions you ask in class, the professor won’t know your name. Many classes are taught by Teacher’s Assistants, which means you are not getting as high a quality as you would like. At a large university you are just a number to some people, and you can get lost in the crowd. Finally, all professors think they are hot shots and care more about their own research than helping students.

Small universities on the other hand have smaller classes. These smaller classes may put more emphasis on learning and hands-on experience. I have never attending a small university but most likely they have more individualized majors. It is not a set curriculum that thousands of people follow every semester. With smaller classes students are able to get to know their professors better. This is great from when its time to find letters of recommendation. Try getting a letter from a teacher when you were just one of 900 students in the class.

Another pro for attending a small college is the advisors know the students very well. Try seeing an advisor at the college of liberal arts at a major university. They see a hundred kids a day and won’t ever remember your name or what classes you’re taking. Also, there is a greater sense of community at a small school. You aren’t just a number on an ID card, here you are a person with a face and a name.

If you have any more questions about university size, feel free to email me at [email protected]

How to Get Into US Colleges or Universities

The United States of America is the world’s largest educational hub for the students around the world with an approximate 1,000,000 participation so far in different courses. The stat says, 5% of the aspirants in higher studies are from different part of the world, and it implies education system of the nation is top-notch; which has been mainstream of many success stories around the globe since a long ago. We can say that these numbers are not going to find a pause at least for next few years though!

The boundless reasons and opportunities attract the students to spend precious time in the USA to pursue undergraduate and graduate level programs. However, one should know the benefits and offers provided by the USA to the International student. Nevertheless, it would help to plan the journey in a smooth way.

On the other hand, an aspirant should be thoughtful about the decision to study abroad; perhaps the lack of transparency in approach would lead to tiff situations.

The ideal way to prepare for the big day:

It’s a dream for many to study in the US, and it’s not as easy as eating cherry on a chocolate cake. The process starts by filling an application form and understanding the guidelines to be a part of the certain course. On the other hand, competition environment demands the student to prepare for the entrance tests even before joining the university or college. Thus, patience and self-belief are essential to be in the race; eventually, your hard work and consistency can bring a smile to your face during result time.

Moving further, gathering informative details about the college/university helps you to make a firm decision on your selection, also you will have a clear thought about your preference. Hence, the collected information would be your guide to make your next move.

The meaning of the life comes into the picture when you take a brave step to face the new situations as a challenge. When an individual chooses to change the way he/she lived, ate, spoke and led the life, it results in the change in an approach of that person towards the society. In the same way, aspirants who are anticipating to move abroad might leave their home out of the blue, possibly without any clue about the life in other parts of the world. When they touch base in their new host nation, they are entranced by the new breeze, and new environment though, but the difference will be felt from the day one. Self-enlightenment would help you to adjust the routine cycle; however, you don’t need to plan anything before catching your flight to your destination but you should be mentally prepared for the new beginning.

And then again you will find that you have an opportunity to live the life which you dreamt off and appreciate the people around you and their culture, hence it could be a new version of yourself.

Maybe the adjustments and routine in a new place are basic, academics are imperative to plan your next few years in the country. Perhaps then there is a small hook between two different parts of your life which interconnects the whole system and you will experience it when you start realizing the correlation. This could be the reason why education system in the US is certain about giving prominence to the balance in a routine of the student. So, the dominance of the academics in student’s daily do is balanced with free time.

If you are capable of understanding self within, you will be a winner of any situation and take your own decision to lead the life in a sensible way. To make this happen; education is necessary, when you choose to travel abroad you are half done with your journey, and the life will treat you as a responsible person.