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Small Colleges Are In Fact Better Than Big Colleges

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Siena chapter.

Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions you will make. When deciding, the size of the school can play a big factor in your choice. I am going to make the probably-biased-and-inaccurate-assumption that the people who want the “full college experience” – such as attending countless social events, parties every night of the week and the spectacular Greek life – are the ones who will not be reading this article. But, I’m here to tell all of you small school students that you are the ones that have it better. So, here are some of the benefits of attending a small college.

Contrary to popular belief, most small schools actually do hold a fair amount of on-campus activities – that is if you are willing to give them a chance. If your school does not have a football team in the Big Ten, I’m sure they will have another sporting event that you can tailgate at. I mean who wouldn’t want to go see a bunch of sweaty college boys play baseball, or soccer, or any sport for that matter? Now, if your small school does not have an incredible Greek life, I am certain there will be plenty of on-campus parties to make up for that. Besides isn’t it more fun to actually know the people you party with than to wander into some random frat house?

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If you aren’t into skipping every other class, a small class environment can give you the opportunity to ask questions, participate in group discussions and get to know your classmates. The best part is the professor might actually even know who you are. However, even if you are into skipping class at a small school, this professor would have much more time and probably would be more willing to catch you up on what you missed. This would not happen at a large school when a quarter of the two hundred students in your History Lecture skip class.

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There’s no doubt it is easier to monitor a smaller scale campus than a larger one. With that said, the last major benefit to not attending a gigantic college is that you are going to be much safer. Even though campus security can be a pain to avoid when you are sneaking beer on campus, they are just here to keep the peace. If your campus is geographically small, they will have a much easier time monitoring who comes on and off of your campus. But more importantly, if anything ever should happen to you while on campus, they will have an easier time coming to help you.

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Don’t be afraid to share this article with anyone who says that your school is too small.


Emily Weinert is a Siena College Class of 2021 alumna. During her time at Siena, she studied Economics and Actuarial Sciences.