The different types of colleges

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The different types of colleges

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There are two basic types of higher education colleges in this country. It's the large universities and it's the small liberal arts colleges. The basic differences are that universities are research institutions for Masters and PhD programs. Because they are a research institution, the focus of the faculty is for research. The classes are usually large. The classes will be taught by teaching assistants or associate professors, not all classes; but some of the classes. The large universities also offer more choices, more departments, more athletics, that's very appealing to certain students. The small liberal arts colleges are typically less than 5,000 students. The classes are all taught by professors. They are very intimate, very small. It's often gives students a chance to shine because there is not so much competition. There's advantages to disadvantages to each one.
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Susan Eiges Hansen, president of Hansen College Strategies, is an Independent College Counselor based in Santa Monica, California. Since 2007, Sue has been committed to helping students both in California and throughout the United States navigate the college admissions process and develop optimal strategies for college placement. Sue began her practice working with student-athletes and experienced so many successful placements that she frequently received requests to work with all types of students. She has since expanded her practice and welcomes all students who are seeking knowledgeable and comprehensive college planning. Sue received her Bachelors degree from the University of Florida and Masters from California State University Northridge. She has her certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California at Irvine and stays up to date with trends in higher education by attending several college counseling conferences per year. Sue is a member of WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling) and an Associate member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association). She is a frequent contributor to various higher education and college admissions websites as an author, panelist, and blogger and regularly presents seminars and talks for students and families about preparing for college. Prior to launching her college counseling career, Sue worked for twenty years at three major hospitals in the Los Angeles area as a program director, medical educator, and research librarian. Sue is the parent of two recent college graduates. Her older daughter graduated from the University of Virginia and her younger daughter from Stanford.

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