So during my week off from blogging I was thinking about how people like to go to big schools over small schools because a majority of the time big schools have sports teams that are pretty good at what they do. I mean, that’s cool and all, but you’re not just going there for the student discounted games, you’re going for the education!
So before you make a decision, please make sure that you compare and contrast programs at each schools! Personally, I chose a small school because I wanted to be more than just a number (student to teacher ratio, look it up). I wanted to be someone my professors knew. I wanted to be in a small classroom with maybe 20 students instead of being in a auditorium with 200+ students. (Okay, that may have been an exaggeration but I think it’s still true, idk).
Small schools are maybe Division 2 or 3 schools in the NCAA, but there’s nothing wrong with that. These schools still have some pretty good teams, for FLC, as long as we brought our student ID we were let in for free to games (which wasn’t too bad, considering our teams). It may not be a Division 1 school, but at least you still get to go to sporting events!
Being at a small school opened a lot of opportunities for me, I was able to work with student organizations, with student housing, awhile at the student life center and met a few great people. I’m sure you can do this all at a big school too. But I think it’s just the class size that always gets me. I also feel that if I were in a class with over 200 students, professors really wouldn’t have time for office hours but who knows but those of you in big schools! Another thing that bugged me was the cost of going to a big school vs a small school, like I talked about in my cost post, sometimes smaller schools are more affordable especially if you’re paying out of pocket.
Big schools could possibly offer more student ran organizations too! Which I’m all for, because coming from a small school, there were limited options and if you wanted to start a new organization you still need people to fill in open slots (which was HARD because it seemed like no one was interested!!!). However, at a big school, there’s a bigger chance of finding people who share the same passion as you do.
All-in-all each school size has different pros and cons, but I’m still a sucker for a small school. Right now, I’m at a university which is kind of a big school but I’m a graduate student and my class size at my campus is 15. However, there are students at the main campus but there’s only 7 of them.
Here’s some things to look out for when deciding between the two:
- Student to teacher ratio! – Do you want to have a lot of one on one time with your professors or does that not matter to you (just as long as you’re learning something)?
- Student organizations – Check out the Student Life tabs on your school websites to see what you might enjoy. I’m sure that bigger schools have more options, but maybe you could start one up at a small school (who knows).
- Cost – An IMPORTANT thing to look at is the cost of the school! Make sure it’s affordable for you and your family!
- Aid – Next important thing is the financial aid, check out the financial aid page of your schools website to see if they have opportunities for you!
- Entertainment – Big schools seem to have the win on this one, but again check out Student Life to see what the school has to offer. This could include: sporting events, concerts, theatre, etc.
What are your opinions on big vs smalls schools? I’d like to know!
Tip: You can always start at a small school then transfer to a big school!