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The private college difference

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Rethink what you know about private

Too expensive, too exclusive, too alike — these are just a few of the common misconceptions about private colleges. And since private makes up close to half of all colleges in the country, misconceptions could mean missing out on amazing opportunities. Before you count private out, make sure you see beyond the myths.

4 ways private stands out

Smaller classes. More 1:1.
Lower student-to-faculty ratios and smaller class sizes mean more individual attention for your student to thrive and succeed. 

Diverse options. Each unique.
Private colleges and universities come in every size, shape, location, interest and experience imaginable. No matter the focus — or niche — there’s a private college for everyone. With diverse cultures, sports in every Division, and studies from music to new media to tech to liberal arts, in cities, suburbs and small towns — there’s a private college as unique as your child. 

More graduates. Less time.
The highest four-year graduation rates and highest-earning grads come from private non-profit schools. Which is a big factor in overall cost and value.  

Private possibilities. Affordably priced.
How is that possible? Because private colleges offer more grants and scholarships (free money) compared to state schools. Truth is, most students pay less than the advertised sticker price. If you think private is too expensive — think again. 

When you choose a private education, you’re getting a lot of value. An affordable, top-quality educational experience in your student’s field of interest — that’s the private college difference. 

STATS

Private colleges award three times as much grant aid as public colleges and universities, on average.* 

82% of first-time, full-time undergrads received college grant aid (free money) during 2018-19.** 

Private college students typically pay less than 60% of the published price for tuition and fees.***

 

*National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Digest of Education Statistics. 2019.  
**College Board, Trends in College Pricing. 2019.
***National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). 2015.

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