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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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West Virginia Junior College-Bridgeport
176 Thompson Dr, Bridgeport, WV 26330.
West Virginia Junior College-Bridgeport Phone Number(304) 842-4007 148.57 mile
Fred W Eberle Technical Center
Rte 5 Box 2, Buckhannon, WV 26201.
Fred W Eberle Technical Center Phone Number(304) 472-1259 146.12 mile
West Virginia Wesleyan College
59 College Ave, Buckhannon, WV 26201.
West Virginia Wesleyan College Phone Number(304) 473-8000 146.12 mile
Fairmont State University
1201 Locust Ave, Fairmont, WV 26554.
Fairmont State University Phone Number(304) 367-4000 144.9 mile
Opportunities Industrialization Center-North Central West Virginia
120 Jackson St, Fairmont, WV 26554.
Opportunities Industrialization Center-North Central West Virginia Phone Number(304) 366-8142 144.9 mile
Pierpont Community and Technical College
1201 Locust Ave, Fairmont, WV 26554.
Pierpont Community and Technical College Phone Number(304) 367-4692 144.9 mile
Alderson Broaddus College
101 College Hill Rd, Philippi, WV 26416.
Alderson Broaddus College Phone Number(304) 457-1700 136.23 mile
Monongalia County Technical Education Center
1000 Mississippi St, Morgantown, WV 26501.
Monongalia County Technical Education Center Phone Number(304) 291-9240 139.59 mile
West Virginia University
University Ave, Morgantown, WV 26506.
West Virginia University Phone Number(304) 293-0111 138.62 mile
West Virginia University Hospital Departments of Rad Tech and Nutrition
Medical Center Dr, Morgantown, WV 26506.
West Virginia University Hospital Departments of Rad Tech and Nutrition Phone Number(304) 598-4251 138.62 mile
Morgantown Beauty College Inc
276 Walnut St, Morgantown, WV 26505.
Morgantown Beauty College Inc Phone Number(304) 292-8475 138.08 mile
West Virginia Junior College
148 Willey St, Morgantown, WV 26505.
West Virginia Junior College Phone Number(304) 296-8282 138.08 mile
California University of Pennsylvania
250 University Ave, California, PA 15419.
California University of Pennsylvania Phone Number(724) 938-4400 146.22 mile

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