Small College vs. Big College- which you should choose and why

Small College vs. Big College- which you should choose and why

Attending college is definitely a big step in anyone’s life. Deciding which college to attend is an even bigger step. In today’s day and age there are SO many different colleges to choose from. There are also SO many different aspects to think about when it comes to selecting which college you would like to attend; one of which being the size of the college.

 

When it came to choosing a college that I wanted to attend, I was really focused on how big the school was. The amount of students that attend the college you want to attend has a big factor on your overall liking of the school. After all, you’re going to be surrounded by these people for the next 4 or more years of your life.

 

Lets take a look at some pros and cons:

 

Small School

Pros:

  • Smaller class sizes
  • More of a chance to get to know your professors
  • Hands-on learning opportunities
  • Sense of community, a lot of familiar faces
  • Professors (not teaching assistants) teach most of the classes being offered

 

Small School

Cons:

  • Smaller list of majors to choose from
  • Smaller amount of classes offered each semester
  • Not too much sense of school pride, ex: big football games
  • The possibility of being more cliquey

 

Big School

Pros:

  • An array of different styles of living to choose from (ex: different dorms/apartments/houses/ etc.)
  • An opportunity to meet more people.
  • Strong sense of school spirit and pride
  • A ton of majors to choose from
  • Well known professors

Big School

Cons:

  • Large class sizes
  • May be hard to find “yourself” when you are surrounded by so many people
  • Tougher time trying to have one on one time with professors
  • May have a higher tuition rate
  • Not too many “familiar” faces

 

When I was looking into which type of college I wanted to attend, I knew from the very beginning that I wanted to attend a SUNY school. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what a SUNY school is, it is a state school that has a lower tuition than most private out of state schools do.

 

I knew that I wanted to attend a small school because I just couldn’t see myself adapting well to a school with so many students. I really enjoy the smaller class sizes. I have learned that there is a HUGE difference from lecture hall styled classes to smaller classes with only about 20-25 students.

 

Throughout my past two years attending my “little state school”, I can say that I have no regrets about choosing it at all. I truly enjoy the smaller setting that it entails and seriously think that it’s so awesome to always have at least one (if not more) person that you know in each of your classes.

 

My advice to you? Create a list of pros and cons about every college you’re thinking about attending. If size is important to you, really think about whether or not you want a school with 50,000 students or a school with 8,000 students. Like I said before, you’re going to be surrounded by these people for the next 4 or more years of your life.

 

I hope you all have a fabulous Monday! If you’re looking for a quick laugh you should totally check out an article that I just wrote for my Her Campus Chapter at the college I attend:

Taking A Shower In College: As Told By SpongeBob SquarePants

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  • Sydney S

    I love this list of pros/cons for each school size, with my senior year in full swing this list is super helpful!
    xo, Syd
    http://www.sincerelysyd9.blogspot.com

  • This is a great list! I attended a large school myself, however I found that getting very involved in campus life helped the transition. I’m glad your experience has been so positive thus far!

    xo Megan, Lush to Blush

  • This is a good list of pros and cons! My school is on the smaller side, but big enough that we have a lot of school pride. I love being able to get to almost any class in about 15 minutes at the most.

    Peace & Love // Celestralite

  • This is a good list! I think it is also important to focus on the pros and cons of each school individually, though. I totally thought Ohio State was way too large when I first started looking at colleges. But I am now a junior at OSU, and I’ve only had 3 classes that had over 40-50 students, and each of those had a TA taught class once a week. But, I also see how at smaller schools the classes could be even smaller. Also, I see the same people in my classes, major, friend group, dorms (in the past years), etc. everyday, so the campus definitely seems smaller over time. I think once you find your niche at any college, a campus of any size can feel like home. I love my school of 60,000+ students, and the only time I really notice how big the school is would be on gamedays, but the pride and spirit here is unlike anything I’ve ever been apart of. But, I understand that a school this size isn’t for everyone! I think the key to thriving at any school would be getting involved!

    One major downside to OSU though would be the walking time to classes and off-campus! I have friends who easily live 11-13 blocks from my apartment, which is on central campus! I’m happy you have been enjoying your college size as well!

    • ahh that’s awesome! I have never attended a large school, so I didn’t have some of that insight. That’s awesome that you have adapted well to your school and have found your niche though!