Where are you going to college? Technically, this often is the wrong question to ask.
Most students seeking a bachelor’s degree attend a university, not a college. Although Americans use university and college interchangeably, they are starkly different in many respects.
When exploring your choices, it’s important to understand the distinctions.
To get you started, here are eight things you should know about colleges:
1. Colleges Focus on Undergraduates
A huge selling point for colleges is their laser focus on undergraduate education. There are no graduates students at many colleges, which means the focus of these institutions is exclusively on teaching undergraduates.
This represents a key difference from universities, where professor research and graduate education are the top institutional priorities. At universities, graduate students conduct much of the undergrad instruction as teaching assistants. Meanwhile, star professors often limit their undergraduate teaching to large, lecture-hall settings, if they teach at the undergrad level at all.
2. Colleges are Small
Many colleges have less than 3,000 students on their campuses. This prompts skeptical teenagers to believe that colleges would be too much like high school.
Smaller campuses facilitate a more intimate learning experience. The classes are smaller making it easier to interact with classmates and professors. There is a greater ability to participate in a class when there are two dozen students enrolled versus 200.
Smaller classes can lead to more opportunities to earn a better grade. When there are few students in the class, it’s easier to give quizzes, take-home assignments, essays, class participation points and extra credit. In contrast, at a large university, it can be too labor intensive to test frequently, which can lead to just two grading opportunities – a mid-term and a final exam.
Colleges also expect students to show up for class. When you are enrolled in a course of 20 students, it will be noticed if you skip class. That’s obviously not true when hundreds of students attend a class in a lecture hall........
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