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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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Schenectady County Community College
78 Washington Ave, Schenectady, NY 12305.
Schenectady County Community College Phone Number(518) 381-1200 147.79 mile
Unification Theological Seminary
30 Seminary Dr, Barrytown, NY 12507.
Unification Theological Seminary Phone Number(845) 752-3000 146.39 mile
Ellis School of Nursing
1101 Nott St, Schenectady, NY 12308.
Ellis School of Nursing Phone Number(518) 243-4471 146.71 mile
Union College
807 Union St, Schenectady, NY 12308.
Union College Phone Number(518) 388-6000 146.71 mile
Union Graduate College
80 Nott Terrace, Schenectady, NY 12308.
Union Graduate College Phone Number(518) 631-9900 146.71 mile
Bard College
PO Box 5000, ANNANDALE, NY 12504.
Bard College Phone Number(845) 758-6822 145.42 mile
Modern Welding School
1842 State St, Schenectady, NY 12304.
Modern Welding School Phone Number(518) 374-1216 145.42 mile
Culinary Institute of America
1946 Campus Dr, Hyde Park, NY 12538.
Culinary Institute of America Phone Number(845) 452-9600 149.11 mile
Hudson Valley School of Advanced Aesthetic Skin Care
1723 U.S. 9W, Hyde Park, NY 12538.
Hudson Valley School of Advanced Aesthetic Skin Care Phone Number(845) 255-0013 149.11 mile
Hudson Valley School of Massage Therapy
1723 U.S. 9W, Hyde Park, NY 12538.
Hudson Valley School of Massage Therapy Phone Number(845) 691-2547 149.11 mile
John Paolo's Xtreme Beauty Institute/Goldwell Product Artistry
2144 Saratoga Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.
John Paolo's Xtreme Beauty Institute/Goldwell Product Artistry Phone Number(518) 583-3700 146.89 mile
Excelsior College
7 Columbia Cir, Albany, NY 12203.
Excelsior College Phone Number(518) 464-8500 140.53 mile
The College of Saint Rose
432 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203.
The College of Saint Rose Phone Number(518) 454-5111 140.53 mile

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