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Small or big University?

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Small or big University?

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Now, what do you think is better?
A big State University or a small private University?


http://www.ttu.edu/

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http://www.lcu.edu/
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    If you are paying and money is no object then the Private Uni will be the best.
    Otherwise you will need to go to the State uni.
    But then again it boils down to money.

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    OH Smeg

    Is that they tend to allow their Foreign Full Fee Paying Students far more leeway than the Locals. Probably because these Foreign Students offer more income to them which they do not want to loose.

    I've seen examples of Private Uni's expelling Domestic Students for cheating while retaining the Full Fee Paying Foreigners who where responsible for the cheating to begin with.

    So if you can accept that either will do.

    Col

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    I pay the local price, the question is, does the more expensive private one give you something better then the state one?

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    DelbertPGH

    Smaller schools are generally better at getting a student successfully through a program. If you're 18 years old, it's a challenging period on a lot of levels, and you may suffer from the big school alienation (you feel like a customer in a post office) and shift in academic requirements (college is WAY more difficult than high school) and the separation from family and everything you're familiar with. All of this goes on at a smaller school, too, but it's less intense, and it may seem more personal. I get the feeling you live in Lubbock, though, since both schools are located there, so the weird feelings that arise from no friends and no family are less likely to beset you.

    On the other hand, if you're 27 years old and going back to college for a fresh start on life, you don't need the small school coddling. It becomes an academic and financial choice, and probably the big school has more to offer at lower cost.

    Texas Tech is a big-*** land grant college, dedicated to delivering good quality education to medium-quality students from the local area and across the state. (The best students usually go to U. Texas at Austin or to elite schools out of state.) Schools of that size give you lots of choices, but not much flexibility. If you want some difficult-to-describe customized major, a small school may be better at letting you design your own program, and help you find internships to develop it. I say "may be better"; some schools are good at it, and others will just pat your hand and hope you find what you're looking for, honey. I don't know how your little Christian university fits in on that. My wife's a professor, and most professors tell her that for styling an undergraduate experience, small is better... so long as small doesn't bring with it small-mindedness. On the other hand, if you're confident about yourself and you want an academic specialty straight from the menu, then big school is better. You'll get more esoteric courses to choose from, if you want, at the big school.

    I notice Lubbock Christian requires that you take 12 hours of bible, though they don't require you actually go to church. I'd object to that, myself, and I would worry that the mentality of the student body might be too narrow for my broad tastes in people. I went to a church-affiliated college for one year (Doane) and it didn't feel like bible camp, but it looks like LCU may be more churchy than Doane. (Doane's only required church course was a 3-hour comparative regigions.) I'd dislike it; you may not. That's a matter of your own identity. However, I don't think you should mix church and education; education will suffer.

    One other point... TTU's average student scores about 100 points higher on the combined SAT than LCU's. With smarter students you tend to get better classes and teachers who try harder. (UT Austin is even better.) You can get info like this on www.petersons.com.

    The more I look at these (I came back to edit my previous comment), the better TTU looks. 28,000 students vs 1500. Unless a student is prone to be lost in the big mob and flame out, there's no good reason to pick LCU. It's not a bad school, but I can't see any academic reason why it would be better.

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    CIS

    SPC_TCOL

    Delbert,
    Thanks for the answer.
    I was looking into something like CIS or similar, because I don't like linear algebra.

    This probably will narrow it down were I can go.

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    If you are paying and money is no object then the Private Uni will be the best.
    Otherwise you will need to go to the State uni.
    But then again it boils down to money.

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    OH Smeg

    Is that they tend to allow their Foreign Full Fee Paying Students far more leeway than the Locals. Probably because these Foreign Students offer more income to them which they do not want to loose.

    I've seen examples of Private Uni's expelling Domestic Students for cheating while retaining the Full Fee Paying Foreigners who where responsible for the cheating to begin with.

    So if you can accept that either will do.

    Col

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    SPC_TCOL

    I pay the local price, the question is, does the more expensive private one give you something better then the state one?

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    DelbertPGH

    Smaller schools are generally better at getting a student successfully through a program. If you're 18 years old, it's a challenging period on a lot of levels, and you may suffer from the big school alienation (you feel like a customer in a post office) and shift in academic requirements (college is WAY more difficult than high school) and the separation from family and everything you're familiar with. All of this goes on at a smaller school, too, but it's less intense, and it may seem more personal. I get the feeling you live in Lubbock, though, since both schools are located there, so the weird feelings that arise from no friends and no family are less likely to beset you.

    On the other hand, if you're 27 years old and going back to college for a fresh start on life, you don't need the small school coddling. It becomes an academic and financial choice, and probably the big school has more to offer at lower cost.

    Texas Tech is a big-*** land grant college, dedicated to delivering good quality education to medium-quality students from the local area and across the state. (The best students usually go to U. Texas at Austin or to elite schools out of state.) Schools of that size give you lots of choices, but not much flexibility. If you want some difficult-to-describe customized major, a small school may be better at letting you design your own program, and help you find internships to develop it. I say "may be better"; some schools are good at it, and others will just pat your hand and hope you find what you're looking for, honey. I don't know how your little Christian university fits in on that. My wife's a professor, and most professors tell her that for styling an undergraduate experience, small is better... so long as small doesn't bring with it small-mindedness. On the other hand, if you're confident about yourself and you want an academic specialty straight from the menu, then big school is better. You'll get more esoteric courses to choose from, if you want, at the big school.

    I notice Lubbock Christian requires that you take 12 hours of bible, though they don't require you actually go to church. I'd object to that, myself, and I would worry that the mentality of the student body might be too narrow for my broad tastes in people. I went to a church-affiliated college for one year (Doane) and it didn't feel like bible camp, but it looks like LCU may be more churchy than Doane. (Doane's only required church course was a 3-hour comparative regigions.) I'd dislike it; you may not. That's a matter of your own identity. However, I don't think you should mix church and education; education will suffer.

    One other point... TTU's average student scores about 100 points higher on the combined SAT than LCU's. With smarter students you tend to get better classes and teachers who try harder. (UT Austin is even better.) You can get info like this on www.petersons.com.

    The more I look at these (I came back to edit my previous comment), the better TTU looks. 28,000 students vs 1500. Unless a student is prone to be lost in the big mob and flame out, there's no good reason to pick LCU. It's not a bad school, but I can't see any academic reason why it would be better.

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    CIS

    SPC_TCOL

    Delbert,
    Thanks for the answer.
    I was looking into something like CIS or similar, because I don't like linear algebra.

    This probably will narrow it down were I can go.