What are the pros and cons of a large state school?
1. Every course imaginable should be offered
2. Plenty of opportunity to change majors
3. Plenty of the opposite sex
4. Always something going on
5. Fraternities & sororities abound
6. Lots of sports teams so school spirit is usually at a peak
7. Costs are less than at private schools
1. Students get lost in the shuffle
2. Difficulty going 1 on 1 w/professors
3. There could be many student teachers
4. In FL the likelihood of graduating in 4 yrs is slim, as in other states
5. Financial aid is less abundant
Large University Pros:
* Wide variety of majors and courses
* Well-stocked libraries
* Variety of housing opportunities
* Well-funded sports programs
* Wide range of academic and social opportunities
* Easy to escape the “bubble”
* Many “networking” opportunities
* Many alumni
* Distinguished or famous faculty
Large University Cons:
* Large class sizes
* Many courses taught by teaching assistants, not professors
* Professors focused on their own research and graduate thesis projects—little student-teacher interaction
* Pressure on students to take initiative; to be go-getters
* You have to make people work with you if you want something
* More rules and procedures related to enrolling in and designing course study—red tape
* Potential of getting lost in the crowd
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