Choosing a college involves the consideration of several factors, such as degrees offered, faculty credentials, and campus size.
While some students can’t wait to join the throngs of students at larger campuses, a small campus can be extra supportive to new students in a variety of ways.
An average size college class might be about 25 students, with lecture halls allowing hundreds of students to gather for a class. Smaller campuses sometimes offer class sizes of 10 to 15 students due to enrollment flexibility.
Fewer students means that each one will get more individualized attention. During the COVID-19 pandemic or regular flu season, social distancing is easier to manage for health protection.
With a smaller number of students requesting help for registration, financial aid, or computer support, they can be assisted more quickly than if there were more students clamoring for the same services.
Support staff on smaller campuses often get to know students by name and can provide prompt assistance when needed.
At large campuses, students might be more likely to be identified by their student ID number than by their name, and they will have to wait for more student needs ahead of theirs to be serviced first.
A small college may be able to offer more student support services than a larger university. Local communities often provide added support to college campuses where they get to know the administrators, faculty, and students, often some of who come from their families and neighborhoods.
Support staff get acquainted with students on an individual basis to understand their learning needs, such as disability learning support, tutoring services, and test monitoring for scheduling difficulties. Library support services can also be more individualized to help students learn how to conduct college-level research with one-to-one training.
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All college campuses except those that only offer online courses provide social opportunities like commemorative events and fun activities that bring students together outside the classroom. Smaller campuses with fewer students enable them to meet more readily and get to know each other outside of class than getting lost in larger crowds at bigger campuses.
Peer learning is very effective at the smaller colleges where social groups form and work together to master challenging concepts in programs like nursing and engineering.
Many students take the first year or two at a smaller college before transferring to a larger campus. Check out a small college for extra support and individual attention.
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