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Narrowing down potential colleges: Large or small classes?

Hey everyone! I've been researching colleges to narrow down my list, but I'm not sure whether I'd prefer a school with smaller classes or one where I'll likely be in large lecture halls. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each, and how should I weigh this factor in my decision-making? Thanks!

8 months ago

Hey there! Congrats on starting the college search process. Deciding between large and small classes can be tough since each has its own pros and cons. I went through this with my child recently, so I understand your struggle.

Smaller classes often provide more opportunities for personal attention from professors and increased student participation. You might find this encouraging if you like to ask questions and have discussions during class. Not to mention, it can sometimes be easier to develop close relationships with faculty in small classes.

On the other hand, large classes typically allow for greater anonymity. This can be appealing if you'd like the freedom to choose your level of class engagement. Additionally, larger classes are often accompanied by smaller discussion or lab groups led by teaching assistants. This can give you the chance to ask questions and dive deeper into topics within a more intimate setting.

As you narrow down your college list, consider which learning environments help you thrive. It might be helpful to visit a few campuses with varying class sizes to get a feel for the overall atmosphere. Ultimately, prioritize personal preferences and consider other factors like college fit, programs offered, and financial aid. Best of luck!

8 months ago

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