Private vs. Public College - 5 Points to Consider!

One truly important decisions students face is whether to enroll in public college or go private. Of course, both options have their advantages! The final decision really boils down to each individual's preferences and, frankly, their budget. This article will shine the light on the most important aspects to take into consideration, so you can make an educated decision on what’s right for you.

1. Tuition Fees

Generally, private colleges ask for a higher tuition fee. In some countries, public colleges are completely free of charge, or just ask for a marginal fee to cover basic annual expenses.

However, there is a reason private colleges ask for a higher fee.

These institutions are operating on the free market and spend a lot of time, effort, and money on establishing their position. They hire the best available lectors who are often experts in their field and can provide an up-​to-​date curriculum that really reflects the current reality.


2. Networking 

Private colleges usually keep a close alumni network and support their former students in launching their careers. Since most lectors are fully emerged in their respective discipline, they can provide valuable networking opportunities or internships. However, this is not to say that public colleges lack networking opportunities: there are usually more students enrolled and those who aren’t shy to ask around can make important connections for the future.


3. Curriculum

While it’s unjust to generalize here, most of the time public colleges focus more on academia and research. Their libraries are richer and equipped with research from many years, especially for old, traditional colleges with a history. On the flipside, private colleges usually operate closer to the ravages of time and offer their students the best possible preparation for the real-​world, providing mandatory internships and semesters abroad. So, as a general rule of thumb, private colleges are more focused on applied sciences.


4. Study Environment

Public colleges provide a rich social life by the sheer number of students. There’s always something happening and students socialize across all disciplines and academic fields. The timetables are, in general, less rigid and students can pick and drop their own courses. Most private colleges are less flexible when it comes to timetables. The courses are more or less fixed and the time slots are given and tailored to the lector’s availability.

5. Support

Private colleges usually focus more on their student’s success – their own reputation as a college of choice depends on it. Therefore, staff members and teachers usually offer a more personal, far-​reaching support. This also holds true since the group size is simply smaller. Teachers are more available and can spend more time with each students.


The choice always comes down to what you really want to do. Private schools mostly offer a more practical approach and smaller group sizes, encouraging personal interactions, group work, internships, and semesters abroad. Public colleges offer more freedom and wider range of degree courses to pick from. If you want to pursue a career in academia, public school are likely to be the better option due to a more scholastic approach.


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If you want to talk to us in person about life at the Milestone School of Business and what you can expect from us, send us an email or call us. We’re happy to assist and advise you, so you feel comfortable in making your final choice.