What are the pros and cons of a small campus?

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What are the pros and cons of a small campus?

Reecy ArestyCollege Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & AuthorPayless For College, Inc.

What are the pros and cons of a small campus?

Easier to navigate, you’ll have a better one on one experience with the provost on down, smaller classes, those who excel will be a big fish in a little pond, rather than being lost in the shuffle on a 50,000 campus w/50,000 students. On the other hand, there may be limited classes in your major(s), possibly no Greek life, not enough of the opposite sex to choose from, unless you’re near a large metropolitan city, limited off campus or even on campus housing, and a host of other disappointments depending on your like & dislikes.

Ronald Harris

What are the pros and cons of a small campus?

Small College Pros: * Small class sizes * Hands-on learning opportunities * Individually-designed majors * Strong advising system; advisors know students very well * Strong sense of community * Professors, not graduate students, teach most courses * Opportunity to get to know professors well * Many belong to a consortium of other small colleges who share resources (i.e. libraries) * Individualized attention = more (personalized) opportunities * Closer “networking” opportunities * Everyone knows each other Small College Cons: * Limited housing options * Fewer majors to choose from * Fewer physical resources * Smaller libraries * Fewer entertainment and social opportunities * Hard to escape “the bubble” in more isolated areas * Less emphasis on sports programs * Less people to “network” with * Everyone knows each other 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

Rohit GoyalIvy League CounselorHarvard University

What are the pros and cons of a small campus?

Knowing your mates would be easy while also not tiring down navigating in a huge campus. Always a chance to stand out and be popular in a small campus. While cons can be high concentration of buildings and facilities in a limited space. Less students means less diversity. Limited free space.

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