- Private colleges and universities are typically more selective than public universities, but this is not always the case.
- Many private schools are religiously-affiliated, but the strength of affiliation varies. Speak to staff and students to learn more about how strong the religious influence is on campus.
- Private schools are typically more expensive than public schools, but many also provide tuition waivers and scholarships for eligible students.
- Some private colleges specialize in a field (health, arts, religious studies, etc.) and only offer a limited number of degree programs. Most offer bachelor's degrees and some offer advanced degrees.
- Private colleges are often smaller than public schools, with enrollment ranging from about 50 students to 4,000 students.
- As with all schools, it is best to search the individual universities' websites for specific requirements and deadlines.
- Some private universities are highly selective and their admissions will go far beyond the usual GPA, course rigor, and test score criteria.
- Private colleges may value different characteristics in an applicant (community service-minded, overcoming obstacles in life, drive to learn, etc.). Speak with an admissions counselor to learn about what the school is looking for in its students.
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