Public vs. Private Universities

Public vs. Private Universities
Public vs. Private Universities

We all hear how great private university compared to public university, well based on facts here are the results,


A public university, also commonly called a state university, is funded by the public through the government of that states. For example, UCLA is a public university and is funded by the state of California. Every state in the USA has a public university or college.


A private university is not funded or operated by the government. For example, Loyola Marymount University is not financed by the state of California but is partially funded by endowments which are given by private donors. Every state in the USA has private universities or colleges.

IssuePublic SchoolPrivate School
Sticker Price Usually cheaper Usually more expensive
Financial Aid Fewer funds available More generous
Class Size LargerSmaller
AmenitiesDepends on the school, but on average about the same as a private schoolDepends on the school, but on average about the same as a public school
On Time-Graduation Rate 50-70% on average 70-90% on average


Quick facts: According to CBS News, many students can’t attend their dream schools because they can’t afford the expensive tuitions


Public universities

Competitive Atmosphere

Large public universities tend to foster and encourage competition. When students consistently try to best their peers, both the institution and the student body grow stronger. Research reaches new levels, and students graduate with top grades and credential. All of which help to build a university’s reputation, which in turn helps attract a new wave of young students.

Disadvantages to a Public University

Large public universities can be vibrant educational hubs, but for the wrong student, they can also spell disaster. Some students will benefit from a smaller institution that offers less in the way of facilities, but more in one to one instruction. Particularly for students timid about their academics, or who lack a certain level of self-discipline, it can be easy to be lost in the shuffle and fail to thrive on a large college campus.



Private universities

Greater Class Participation

Along with smaller classrooms and smaller professor-to-student ratios comes the opportunity for greater student participation. Less outgoing students are more likely to respond to these smaller and more intimate classroom settings, resulting in a greater ability to interact with, and learn from, teachers and other students. Smaller student groups also tend to result in more intense classroom discussions and a greater camaraderie amongst students

Unlike their larger counterparts, private colleges put professors in every class giving students a direct line of communication with their teachers. Large university courses are often taught by teachers’ assistants or doctoral students instead of the professors themselves. While many students respond well to the larger lecture hall approach, it can sometimes leave the timider and less focused student behind.

Disadvantages of a Private College

Private colleges offer some benefits for the right student, but as with anything, they do come with a few problems as well. For students wishing to pursue a graduate or doctoral degree, it will be necessary to transfer to another university to complete their studies. Private colleges typically only offer baccalaureate degrees. Smaller colleges also have smaller departments, and can not provide the facilities and faculty that are available at a larger public university. Many of the larger schools can offer state of the art labs and world renowned professors. The smaller private college is seldom able to compete with the resources of their larger public counterparts.