Did you go to a public or private university? Why?

posted 3 years ago in College
  • poll: Where did you go?
    Public University : (166 votes)
    54 %
    Private University : (84 votes)
    27 %
    Both : (50 votes)
    16 %
    Did not attend/other : (6 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 4
    1355 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

    I went to two public and three private universities for undergrad. I graduated from a private university, however, so that’s what I went with for the poll. I wanted to have smaller classes and my original major, East Asian studies, wasn’t available at a bunch of large universities either. I wouldn’t have changed anything about it because I loved my schools.

    My husband went to public university but did not graduate.

    Post # 5
    242 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I went to a private university. Partly because that’s just what my family tends to do, but partly because I got enough financial aid that when it was all said and done, they paid ME to go there. It wasn’t my first choice school, but it was 100% worth it to leave debt free. I firmly believe that college is what you make of it, and that if you’re determined to learn a lot and have ilfe changing experiences, you can do that regardless of the college you attend.

    Post # 6
    1233 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    – I attended a public university.

    – I guess I didn’t research any private universities. Finding a university that offered agriculture was challenging enough.

    – Looking back, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I am very pleased with the education I received and I am glad I’m not completely swimming in student loan debt. My university only had 12,000 students so when I got into my programs courses, my average class size was 15-30 students.

    – My DH went to the same university as me, which is where we met.

    Post # 7
    774 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @bmo88:  I did my bachelor’s at a private women’s college. I chose to go there because I loved the small classes, the traditions, and the location. I’d do it 10,0000 times over. I was really pleased with my experience. Even after graduation, I still have a lot of connections there and am in touch with quite a few of my former professors. For my master’s I went to a public university. It was in the right area, had a great program, and was less expensive than going to a private school. I had a good experience there as well, although it wasn’t quite as cozy as where I did my undergrad. I do think though that grad programs are so different though than undergrad ones that there’s no real comparison. My FI did his bachelor’s at the same public university that I did my master’s at and he was very pleased as well. 

    Post # 8
    3202 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I went to a public school for my undergrad, public for my MFA, and now private for my PhD.

    I chose the public school for my undergrad because they paid me to go there, and I had a really cool study-abroad scholarship, so I got to travel for free every summer. Also, my parents wouldn’t pay the application fees for expensive private schools, haha. Probably not the choice I’d make for my kids, but it worked for me!

    I went to the two different graduate schools for reasons totally unrelated to money. In my field (creative writing and English literature) any program worth its salt is fully funded (meaning, you pay no tuition and they give you a living stipend).

    Post # 10
    3280 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I honestly didn’t even know which schools were public or private when I was applying. I went to a private high school and really enjoyed that, but when it comes to college it seems like a waste to me. I went to a public state university and have had no regrets. I definitely think I would have regretted spending money on private college though. I hate how liberal my college is and that’s been a challenge but I was able to graduate a year early and get a good education so I guess that’s what matters. 

    Post # 11
    1976 posts
    Buzzing bee

    All my degrees are from public institutions.  Finances drove my decision w/r/t my BA, but it turned out to be really good for me–I needed the space and ability to vanish that a public university provides in order for me to grow in the ways that I needed to grow.

    However, as someone who is committed to engaging in the highest-quality teaching of undergraduates, I chose a private LAC and can’t imagine another environment where I would be actually properly supported in the art and science of good teaching (as a former TA at a public university, I can tell you that I didn’t have the support or resources there!).


    Post # 12
    9526 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I went to a state undergrad and a private masters. I had a pretty specialized major in undergrad that wasn’t easy to find. And I only got into 2 masters programs and they were both private. So no real choice there. 

    Post # 13
    1134 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    @bmo88:  Public university. There are no private universities that I know of in Canada. Even the Christian schools are publicly funded by the government. I live in Ontario which has some of the highest tuition rates in the country, but I’ve never heard of any domestic students paying over $10K a year for top quality education. Schools here don’t do the full 4 year sports or music scholarships either like they do in the US, if you want a scholarship you have to apply for a private one funded by a corporation. It’s really easy to get low interest government aid though.

    FH went to the same school that I did (met him there, so of course) but he was an exchange student when he started. He’s from Serbia and he did two years of school there, and their universities are public (I don’t think there are many private universities in Europe either).

    Private education does not always mean better education. So I don’t think I would have attended a private school even if I had the choice. I don’t believe it would have been worth it, especially for the program that I did. And my parents would never be able to afford that.

    Post # 14
    1327 posts
    Bumble bee

    Public, because all post-secondary institutions in Canada are public!  Thank goodness.  Same goes for SO. 

    Post # 15
    9949 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I went to a private college.  I chose it because it was top tier, had small class sizes, and was close to but not in a city.  It was one of five I applied to, and I’m really glad I chose it.  

    I also went to a private university for graduate school.  It was the best choice for me as far as what was available geographically.  If I’d been able to go anywhere in the country, I would have gone to Ohio State University for their children’s literature program.  But Penn was pretty awesome!

    My husband went to a private university.  He chose it becaues it had a program he liked, and while he doesn’t do something in his field now, he liked his college and used his degree for a while.

    Post # 16
    177 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I went to a private university for my undergraduate degree because of scholarships. I ended up paying only $15,000 to attend for 4 years thanks to grants, scholarships, and assistantships. My school also had an amazing reputation for my major (elementary education) along with small class sizes and a very community-oriented environment. I loved going to a small school where professors truly cared and knew my name, even years after being in their class. 

    I’m currently attending a public school for my graduate degree. The major change I have found is that the people I go to school with are more in my socioeconomic level. At the private school the majority of my friends were very wealthy and came from a different background than me. None of my friends had jobs or money worries while I always worked. Now I’m in classes with people that are also working part-time. It is easier to find common ground with my public school friends. I feel like I am receiving just as good of an education. I chose a public school because I received a TA position with a full tuition waiver and monthly stipend. 

    My FI went to the same private university as me. He also attended private schools for elementary & high school. He went because his parents think private schools offer a better education (something that I tend to disagree with). 

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