Big College vs Small College: What is the Difference?

April 26, 2017

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The University of Alabama’s population in 2016 was 37,665 people.

With seniors on their last days of high school, they are preparing to take the next step and head away to college. However, one thing is different about all the colleges Academy girls will be attending: some colleges are big, while some are small.

Junior, Sophia Tremonti says, “As I am starting the college process, I still have not decided whether or not I want to go to a big or small school yet; however, I know that once I have that figured out, my choices will be narrowed down and the process will become easier.”

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Senior, Ashley Lambert says, “I am going to Clemson in the Spring, which is a big school. I love that they have lots of athletic teams to watch, and a beautiful campus. However, I know that for some people, sports do not play a big role in their decision making process, which would maybe make them gravitate towards a small school.”

Big colleges have a wide variety of majors, sports teams, and other activities. With lots of opportunities for socializing and meeting new people, many students have chosen to go to a big college. Some big schools that Academy girls have picked to attend include Florida State University, University of Florida, Auburn University, University of Georgia, University of South Carolina, Clemson University, University of Central Florida, and many more.

Senior, Riley Rubio says, “I picked Florida State University because I grew up going to games there as a kid and it has always been a family school. I toured other campuses but I could not imagine myself anywhere else. It is the perfect distance away from home and I am so excited to what it has in store for me because of all the awesome opportunities that they offer.”

On the contrary to large schools, small colleges have less students. Some positives to small colleges include being able to get to know most people, having smaller classes, and having a better chance at receiving financial aid. Small schools that Academy girls have chosen include Belmont University, Furman University, Loyola Chicago, Loyola Maryland, Villanova University, and Pace University.

Senior, Julia Prince says, “When I got into Villanova, I was so excited! When I toured the school, I loved the feel on campus and did not feel like I would be overwhelmed by an immense amount of people because of the small size.”

Whether an Academy girl is going to a big or small school next year, everyone loves their future school and is excited to take the next step and go away to college, no matter the size!

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