Nicole Little

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Nicole Little
Posted 5 months ago
Are private universities worth the money for a bachelor's degree?
Very interesting question! Working for several years in the urban education sector, wherein many students couldn’t afford to attend an Ivy League school unless they got a full ride scholarship, I see this a couple of different ways. I do see the value in Ivy League education and for my students who had scholarships I always pushed them to take advantage of the distinctive opportunities provided within Ivy League schools. Certainly, the name looks great on a resume and certain schools are ranked higher than others for specific programs. With that said, I agree with many of the comments on here. For the most part, your education is what you make of it and you can certainly get a great education at a public school in the same manner that you could at any private school. Regardless of where you go to school, you will have a variety of good, bad, and indifferent teachers. I like to believe it is the good teachers that make the students’ experience worthwhile. The biggest challenge that I have with Ivy League education is that while students receive a stellar education many of them still come out of college (depending on what they majored in) unable to find a job right away because it is such a tough market. I have friends that went to notably prestigious private universities and they had just as difficult a time finding a job as those students coming from state schools. Couple that with reports indicating many companies have lowered the annual salaries of entry-level employees due to budget cuts, thus leaving students accountable for large sums of money that they can’t afford to pay back. It is important that prior to even going to college, students evaluate the availability for jobs in their city when choosing a major and accompanying college. It is equally important that students do not pick a field that is oversaturated with little to no opportunity for career advancement.