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Private Colleges: A Distinctive Learning Experience

What does it mean to be a private university? The term as used with colleges defines the funding procedures. A private university is funded by private funds meeting the cost of education through tuition receipts, investments, and monies from private donors.

Private universities are usually larger then a private liberal arts college yet not as large as public universities. A private university can range in size from small to large. However, it is possible to find a smaller more intimate setting at some private universities with lower enrollment numbers.

So what makes a private university distinct? One of the ways it is different from a liberal arts college is the offering of graduate level degrees. At most liberal arts colleges only a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science is on offer. At a private university a student would have the option of obtaining an advanced degree.

These degree offerings in a particular area of study will vary with each institution. However many private universities are able to offer Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Business Administration. If you are interested in higher levels of degrees, you might also find a Doctorate of Philosophy, Doctor of Medicine, or a Juris Doctor in the offerings.

Under the umbrella of the university name, a student will find many other smaller colleges. This gives the student the advantage of a larger institution while at the same time finding more specialized courses in their area of interest. It is very typical to find colleges that focus on business, education or science. It is important to do some checking on the universities you are considering to see the weight a degree from that institution will carry for you when you enter your job field.

Finding the right school is important to carry you through those difficult spots in your education. Fit is very important so don't rule out a university without visiting. While it may seem that private universities could be more costly, many are able to offer some substantial aid packages. So be sure to look at all the details when making your choice.


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Oxnard College
4000 S Rose Ave, Oxnard, CA 93033.
Oxnard College Phone Number(805) 986-5800 148.5 mile
Pacific Coast Trade School
1690 Universe Cir, Oxnard, CA 93033.
Pacific Coast Trade School Phone Number(805) 487-9260 148.5 mile
California State University-Channel Islands
University Dr, Camarillo, CA 93012.
California State University-Channel Islands Phone Number(805) 437-8400 143.48 mile
St John's Seminary
5012 Seminary Rd, Camarillo, CA 93012.
St John's Seminary Phone Number(805) 482-2755 143.48 mile
California Lutheran University
60 W Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360.
California Lutheran University Phone Number(805) 492-2411 138.05 mile
Moorpark College
7075 Campus Rd, Moorpark, CA 93021.
Moorpark College Phone Number(805) 378-1400 142.08 mile
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu Beach, CA 90265.
Pepperdine University Phone Number(310) 506-4000 127.91 mile
Valley College of Medical Careers
8399 Topanga Canyon Blvd Ste 200, West Hills, CA 91304.
Valley College of Medical Careers Phone Number(818) 883-9002 128.78 mile
California Career College
7003 Owensmouth Avenue, San Fernando Valley, CA 91303.
California Career College Phone Number(818) 710-1310 126.85 mile
California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355.
California Institute of the Arts Phone Number(661) 255-1050 136.64 mile
College of the Canyons
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91355.
College of the Canyons Phone Number(661) 259-7800 136.64 mile
Academy of Barbering Arts
19557 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324.
Academy of Barbering Arts Phone Number(818) 775-9951 127.16 mile
Columbia College Hollywood
18618 Oxnard St, San Fernando Valley, CA 91356.
Columbia College Hollywood Phone Number(818) 345-8414 122.94 mile

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