The US University System Making an Informed Choice July 2009 US University System in a word or two Welcoming Forward thinking Interdisciplinary Interactive A true sense of community Individual-focused Why study in the USA? The distinguishing differences
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The distinguishing differences
Classroom + Dorm living + Internship + Student Org’s
Read, defend, debate, present & respond
Get involved, talk with faculty, then decide
What’s the difference?
Private (University of Hartford)
Source of Funding - No funding from the State of Connecticut…little from the US Government.
Dependent on the fees of students for Operating expenses
Tends to be more expensive
Usually smaller/ more student support / class size 20-30 vs. 300)
Not effected by Government Budgets to cut programs and services
Source of Funding - Receives 30-40% of Operating Budget from the State
Cost - are generally lower but on the increase during difficult economic times
Size - Student populations from 10,000 to 60,000.
Class size 50 – 400
Really good at Sports (Univ. of Conn., Univ of Florida)
Professional (Medicine, Law, Dentistry)
Doctoral Programs(Ph. D, Ed. D)
Professional Programs(Law, Medicine, Dentistry)
Graduate (Master’s Degree) Programs
Four/Five-Year (Bachelor’s Degree) Programs
Two-Year (Associate’s Degree) Programs
Secondary School Diploma
Start with questions
Using the best predictors of Academic Success
Types of Financial Aid