Comparing and Contrasting Advantages of Large and Small Colleges

Comparing and Contrasting Advantages of Large and Small Colleges

Comparingand Contrasting Advantages of Large and Small Colleges

Comparingand Contrasting Advantages of Large and Small Colleges

Manyhigh school graduates find it difficult to select colleges that willsuit their interest. In most cases, a conflict occur when a studentis expected to choose between a large and a smaller college. Bothlarge and small colleges have benefits and demerits. This paper willcompares and contrast the advantages of large and small colleges.

Similarities

Theadvantages of large and small colleges are similar in three ways.First, both large and small colleges have the ability to offerquality education. Smaller colleges achieve quality by organizingsmaller classes that allow them to adopt a mentor-type associationbetween instructors and students (National Association for CollegeAdmission Counseling, 2014, p. 1). Large colleges, on the other hand,are able to employ more qualified and experienced professors, whodeliver quality education.

Secondly,both the large and small colleges are able to offer extracurricularactivities to their students (NACAC, 2014, p. 2). Many students areattracted to different colleges not just because of the quality ofeducation, but also by the quality of sporting activities and otherextracurricular activities. Students can get access to theseactivities irrespective of whether they join small or large colleges.

Third,both large and small colleges provide a suitable environment in whichstudents can socialize (NACAC, 2014, p. 2). Both types of collegesencourage friendships among their students, which is the basis ofcollaboration and teamwork.

Differences

Theadvantages of large and small colleges differ in three ways. First,although both the large and small colleges can have small classes,small classes in large colleges are only likely to be organized forsenior students, but this is possible even for the junior students insmall colleges (NACAC, 2014, p. 3). However, the large classes mayenhance satisfaction and academic performance of students who preferanonymity by studying in large collages while those who prefer beingrecognized perform well while in small colleges. In addition,experienced professors are less in small colleges compared to largeones, but small colleges are able to maintain quality by focusing onthe closer contact between their students and the faculty. Therefore,both types of colleges benefit from their differences in the numberof students and the overall size.

Secondly,both large and small colleges provide extracurricular activities(including games) for their students, but small colleges focus moreon the involvement of all students, as opposed to large colleges thatemphasize on a wide variety of activities. This means that studentsin a small college are able to have an opportunity to take an activerole in sports and the extracurricular activities. Students in largecolleges, on the other hand, have an opportunity to take part in morethan one activity, although not all of them have a chance to take anactive role in those activities (Dex Media, 2015, p. 1).

Third,students in large colleges have a large number of social options toselect from compared to students in small colleges. However, studentsin small colleges are able to establish stronger relationships andfamily-like ties since the number of students is relatively smaller.Therefore, large colleges emphasize take advantage of a wide varietyof social options while small colleges have an advantage of highquality social relationships (Ocadiz, 2015, p. 1).

Inconclusion, differences and similarities of the advantages of largeand small colleges are based on the quality of teaching,extracurricular activities, and social life. In most of thesevariables (including the extracurricular activities andsocialization), large colleges have the benefit of variety whilesmall colleges take the advantage of quality.

Outline

Topic:

Objective:To identify similarities and differences that exists in theadvantages of studying in large and small colleges.

Thesis: In most cases, large colleges derive their benefit from varietywhile small colleges take the advantage of quality.

  1. Both large and small colleges have advantages, but these benefits are different or similar in a way.

  1. Preview of main points

  1. Similarities

  1. Both large and small colleges have the ability to offer quality education (National Association for College Admission Counseling, 2014, p. 1).

  2. Both the large and small colleges are able to offer extracurricular activities to their students (NACAC, 2014, p. 1).

  3. Both large and small colleges provide a suitable environment in which students can socialize (NACAC, 2014, p. 2).

  1. Differences

  1. Small classes in large colleges are only likely to be organized for senior students, but this is possible even for the junior students in small colleges (NACAC, 2014, p. 2).

  2. Small colleges focus more on the involvement of all students in extracurricular activities, as opposed to large colleges that emphasize on a wide variety of activities (NACAC, 2014, p. 3).

  3. Students in large colleges have a large number of social options to select from, while those in small colleges take pride in their ability to establish strong relationships (Ocadiz, 2015, p. 1).

  1. Conclusion

  1. Differences and similarities of the advantages of large and small colleges are based on the quality of teaching, extracurricular activities, and social life.

References

DexMedia (2015). What are the advantages of a large university? DexMedia.Retrieved October 2, 2015, fromhttp://enlightenme.com/what-are-the-advantages-of-a-large-university/

NationalAssociation for College Admission Counseling (2014). ENG:101 comparison and contrast selection: Large and Small Colleges.Arlington, VA: NACAC.

Ocadiz,M. (2015). Advantagesand disadvantages of a big and small college.Santa Monica: Demand Media.