What are the differences between a public and private college?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Jerome Cole, Director of College Counseling at the Edmund Burke School in Washington D.C., explains the differences between a public and private colleges.

    Jerome A. Cole, MA

    Jerome A. Cole, M.A., is the Director of College Counseling for the Edmund Burke school in Washington, D.C. and the founder of Cole Educational Consulting Services (Cole ECS.) He has worked with students and families for over seven years to help them plan and strategize for college. As a college counselor at Burke, an independent college preparatory high school founded in 1968, Mr. Cole oversees a program that is designed to support students and families as they go through the selection and admission process for college. Mr. Cole advises over 100 students each year in a small academically challenging environment where every senior is expected to apply to and enroll in college. Prior to Burke, he was a school counselor at Bethesda-Chevy Chase high school in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has successfully counseled hundreds of students and helped them prepare for admission to a variety of schools such as: American University, Clark-Atlanta University, Davidson College, George Washington University, Harvard University, Pitzer College, Stanford University, Temple University, and the University of Maryland at College Park, to highlight just a few. He established the consulting firm Cole ECS to provide students and families with the necessary information and support to make the best choice for college. Cole ECS defines the best choice as the optimal learning and social environment to ensure a student’s holistic success, culminating in on-time or early graduation and desirable post-graduate options. Mr. Cole earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Catholic University, and then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. He is certified as a school counselor and is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC).

    Host: What are the differences between a public college and a private college?

    Jerome Cole: The primary differences, I think the first thing is the cost. You are talking about over a public institution of the national average is about $12,000 a year, that s tuition, room and board as appose to a private college we are talking about $29,000 a year. So, there is a considerable difference there.

    The other differences between a public schools versus private schools and again we are talking general across the board is, the public schools are going to be in most cases a little bit bigger and little bit larger and they are going to have more resources and so if bigger is better in your mind then you may want to steer towards some of those public schools and then the last difference is, the public institutions because they are supported by the state, because they are supported by the federal government, they are going to always a preference for in state residence.