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Perks You Should Know About Going to a Small College

Posted by Scott Fuller on 2/14/19 9:24 AM

Perks to Attending a Small College

A college with a small student population isn’t a negative trait in an institution — in fact, it's quite the opposite. 

There are so many reasons why attending a small college is a good choice for the many students looking for proactive networking options, strategic mentorship opportunities, purposeful learning, and a close-knit community. 


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Intimate Class Sizes:

A huge lecture hall with hundreds of college kids with one professor who might know a few students' names isn't super ideal for proactive learning — especially for students who want or need more one-on-one attention.

At a small college, you’ll have smaller class sizes. This fosters more opportunities for students to ask questions for more in-depth knowledge, to feel like they’re an active member of the class, and to interact with a teacher who probably knows their name, major, and future goals.

Familiar Faces on Campus:

Most people don't want to feel like just another face in a sea of people. At a small university, students are more likely to run into classmates on campus outside of class. This helps foster the feeling of a close-knit community and creates more opportunities to form lasting connections with their peers and professors.

In fact, there's a good chance that the friends you make in college will stay your friends for many years after college, so if you like the idea of running into friendly faces on campus when you don't expect it, a small college environment is a great place to do that.

Learning with Purpose:

With smaller classes, your teachers have a greater chance to mentor you one-on-one and give you the attention you need to effectively grasp difficult concepts. Engaging class discussions are also possible at a small college because it’s easier for everyone to voice their opinions and learn with and alongside their classmates.

More Attention from Professors:

With fewer people in your classes and in your program as a whole, there are fewer people competing for professors' time. Having a professor who you can visit during office hours opens the door for a mentor/mentee relationship.

In addition to mentorship, a close relationship with your professor could also lead to internships or possibly a job in the future. Most professors know people in their industry and are likely to recommend promising students they know personally!

Is a small college like Marymount University right for you?

We hope you found these perks informative as you decide whether a small college is the right place for you! If you would like to request more information on Marymount University, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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Posted by Scott Fuller

Scott is a Web Content Manager at Marymount. He enjoys sharing information about Marymount on social Media, editing photos in Photoshop, and seeing students grow academically and professionally while at MU. In his free time, Scott if a self-proclaimed nerd and enjoys reading science journals and non-fiction books, science fiction and fantasy novels, and playing strategy games.

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