5 Signs That A Small College Is A Good Fit For You

One of the biggest factors to finding a school is the size, no pun intended. It is often one of the first factors that you’ll come across, as well; the school’s acreage and student population are one of the most basic and easily accessible facts. But what does that mean? How much does the smaller campus impact your college experience, and more importantly, are these things that you want?

You don’t want “the real college experience.” I’m not saying that small colleges are less like colleges than big schools are, but that was definitely one of my dad’s concerns when I first picked my school. Quite frankly, I’m not sure what I was missing. I loved every minute of being at my school. If you’re looking for a quiet, slower pace, this would be a good place to start.

It’s an easy way to become close with the staff. So many staff and faculty members are personable, and I think it just comes down to the number of students that they interact with. Everybody from the cafeteria workers and chefs to professors that I’ve had only once, and even the dean, recognize me and many remember my name. My advisor has dinner parties for all of her students, as well as the staff. The most exceptional part of this is that I’m not a student who’s very prominent. This is also good for networking, getting letters of recommendation, and general advice, which is important no matter where you go.

You also are close to the students. Many people have said that my school is more similar to a high school than a university, but I disagree. However, we are close; it is a very tight knit, intimate community. I know most of the students that have regularly been on campus over the years, regardless of their degrees.  It’s virtually impossible to go somewhere without recognizing somebody and you can always rely on them for help in the different subject matters (which especially pays off when you’re doing your gen Ed classes).

Less travel time. This is especially pertinent if you’re a dorm student, I think, because it means that you have more time to sleep in.  A smaller campus, frankly, means that there’s less distance to travel between classes, which could be a huge advantage in a pinch. This could give you extra time to sleep, eat, or even finish that homework assignment, all while being able to get to class on time.

You can stand out. And, perhaps more importantly, you can stand out easier than you could at a big school. Again, this comes down to the number of students.  The more students there are, the more that you’ll have to work to stand out. That’s not to say that being at a smaller school will give you the opportunity to slack off, but it will give you much less competition. And, the more you stand out at school, the more you’ll stand out on your resume, and that is always something to aspire to.

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Stefanie Hughes

Stefanie Hughes

Stefanie Hughes is a senior at Benedictine University, with a double major in Writing & Publishing and Theology. She spends her free time working on Benedictine’s newspaper, The Candor, as well as being a member of Daughters of Isabella, Students for Life, and helping around University Ministry. Any other extra time is filled with reading, writing, cooking, video editing, biking or walking around the lake.