by Jesse Brackeen
Eagle Editorial Board
Public colleges are superior to their private counterparts for a multitude of reasons.
As seniors continue to submit their applications this issue has become quite pivotal.
Application deadlines for major public universities are fast approaching, and I will provide numerous reasons why students should turn their gaze towards these schools.
In Texas alone there are numerous quality universities that are considered to be some of the best in the country.
Your bachelor degree is relatively important; however, it does not compare to your graduate degree.
Having said that your first four years of college should be designated to do a few things.
For starters you want to make sure you are attending an establishment that will give you the right tools to succeed in the real world.
It is also crucial that you do not rack up hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt that you will be paying into your early 40s.
In Texas in-state colleges are cheaper and simply better than private institutions.
A good example of this is comparing the University of Texas (UT) to Texas Christian University (TCU).
According to U.S. News, UT is ranked as the 45th school in the United States and costs about $24,000 a year.
TCU is ranked as 97th school in the United States but costs a whopping $44,000 a year.
The comparisons come out to show that you are paying more money for less substance.
With public colleges you are paying less money and receiving a better education which will lead to better job opportunities in the future.
This education, depending on how much effort you put in, will get you into a better graduate school.
A common misconception is that it actually matters where you attend your first four years of college.
Saying, “I am going to MIT for my undergrad” does indeed sound good.
However, saying “I am going to A&M” will save you about $100,000 over your first four years of college that just do not mean as much as graduate school.
In the grand scheme of things the quality of your undergraduate degree is not nearly as important as your graduate degree.
To offer my opinion, I think you should save some money, do well at a public college and then attend one of those private colleges people dream of attending for graduate school.
If you plan to go to school in-state the issue between public and private becomes even more important.
In-state tuition for public colleges is quite a bit less expensive than public colleges and universities out of state.
The same cannot be said for private colleges.
In Texas we have a wide variety of public colleges to choose from and apply to. Many of these universities also have countless feeder schools to make it possible to one day attend a top 100 school.
Many people point out that private schools offer scholarships to incoming freshmen who boast impressive resumes, transcripts and test scores.
While this is true, the amount of the scholarship does not always guarantee you will not go into severe student debt following school.
Texas has an excellent group of public colleges for students to attend; there is no doubt in that. The private colleges are of a lesser grade and can cost twice as much as public colleges.
The fact of the matter is that public colleges will allow you to maximize your potential without breaking the bank, proving that public colleges are the superior option when it comes time to decide where you will spend your next four years.