State Universities are 4 year colleges that offer their students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s Degree, and beyond, in a number of areas. When talking in terms of “state” schools, we’re generally referring to a college or university in the state that you live, that offers a Bachelor’s Degree program.
Advantages of State Universities
State universities offer their students a great opportunity in a couple different ways, provided that you reside in the state of that school! First, you get a bit of a break on tuition if you live in the same state as that college, and where it’s located. This is largely due to the money that the college or university receives from the state and it’s educational fund. Living in the state where your college is located, you are paying a small amount toward college when you pay taxes, so this is a way to “give back” by offering a reasonable tuition rate when compared to an out-of-state school where a student would have to take on a larger cost.
Conversely, if you attend a college that is outside the state you reside in, you will be paying out-of-state tuition. This is normally a much larger amount because you don’t reside in that state, and therefore don’t pay any taxes toward that state’s education fund. So, in essence, you are penalized for going out of state for your college education. The big advantage to attending a state university is the “discounted” tuition.
Another advantage is that in-state schools are more likely to admit you. If you have grades and test scores that are considered “borderline” at that school, you stand a better chance of admission than another “borderline” student from out of state. However, you still need to meet their admission standards. They will not just admit you because you live in-state! So keep that in mind and do all you can to get great grades and test scores in high school!
Other Aspects To Consider
In most states, there is what is considered a “Flagship” university. Take for instance, Ohio. Their “Flagship” school would be The Ohio State University. These types of schools will draw many applicants from in state, as well as out of state, and are generally harder to get accepted to. The smaller state schools will have more in-state applicants and are less difficult to gain admission than the bigger, flagship school. Also, the smaller state universities can offer smaller class sizes and a more personal feel. Some students enjoy the BIG schools, but if you are a student that could benefit from some personalized attention when it comes to your studies, then you may want to look at state universities!