Comparing colleges based on location, size, and housing

Comparing colleges based on location, size, and housing

October 22, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


– [Voiceover] We’re here
today with Sean Logan, Director of College Counseling
at Phillips Academy. Sean, one of the big things that students often think about is what type of campus they’re looking for. If I’m a student, how should I be approaching that process? – [Sean] Sure. I think the first thing you want to think about is location. How far away from home do you want to be, and what that means to you, thinking a little bit about distance. Weather sometimes plays into that. Do you want to be in a different climate, same climate? What does that mean? Certainly the first thing
that students think about is distance and location. – [Voiceover] Great. And
are there some benefits that you’ve seen of students you work with staying close to home, or going further away? – [Sean] Sure. Now, for lots of students there are different reasons
they may want to do that. I think it’s always worth … I think a lot of students
at first will say, “Oh, I want to stay close to home,” just because that’s what comfortable, that’s what’s natural. But I would push any of you out there listening to this to think about going to schools that may be a little bit further away, because those schools may have things that you get from being away from home and not having quick access to home, especially around independence, but also, just again, really having to engage in that community that you’re in because you can’t easily get home on a bus ride or something like that. – [Voiceover] Great. That makes sense. What about size of school? Because obviously, for students, for me, if I’m talking as a student, it’s going to have a big
impact on the campus feel, depending on how many
students are out there. – [Sean] Let’s start with defining. Schools typically fall
into three categories. There are small schools. Those small schools
generally fall between … upwards of maybe 3,000 students, zero to 3,000 students. Medium sized schools. Those schools are generally probably from 3,000 to,
say, 10,000 students. The third type is large schools. Again, large schools are
probably 10,000 plus. Some of those schools
can be upwards of … Ohio State University, University of Michigan, schools like that can be upwards
of almost 40,000 students. Again, there can be very,
very big schools out there. – [Voiceover] How does the
size of the student body impact the college experience? – [Sean] You know, you as a
student need to think about, “What do I want in my experience?” Smaller schools tend to be
much more community-focused. Lots of smaller schools tend to be in more rural to suburban areas. Again, the community is
really very important there. I would say, probably 90% of students typically live on campus at small schools. When you get into medium
and larger schools, that number may vary quite a bit. It could be the same. It could be, again, 90% of
students live on campus. Or it might be as low as, say, 10% or 20% of the students live on campus. And not that one is better
or worse than another, but it’s just a different experience. If you’re looking for
a community experience, you may want to be looking
at schools that, again, have a lot of the student
body living on campus. – [Voiceover] Great. Let’s talk a little
bit more about housing. Is there … Do schools sort of guarantee that you can live on
campus if you need to? Or how is that actually going
to work for me, as a student? – [Sean] Right. Housing
is going to vary, again, by school, and it’s one of the things you should have on your list as you’re researching colleges. What percentage live on campus? But also, is there a guarantee of housing for four years, for three
years, and so forth, so you have a good idea of
what you’re getting into. Depending on the school
and where it’s located, it might be much cheaper, so if you’re a first-generation
college student or low-income college student, it may be cheaper for you if the school guarantees
housing for four years, because the location you’re living in is very expensive and they offer the best housing at a good, affordable price. – [Voiceover] Great.