Colleges have so many different options available, so narrowing it down to the ‘right’ choice for you may be difficult. There are public and private schools, and within each option, there are many different things to consider; the cost of tuition, the location of the school, and the variety of programs available. In Minnesota, there are over 200 post-secondary options; two of the biggest schools are the University of Minnesota (U of M), which is a public school, and the University of St. Thomas, which is private.
The tuition cost between public and private colleges varies from school to school. The University of Minnesota has an estimated tuition rate between $11,456 (Crockston location) up to $15,885 (Graduate at Duluth location). The University of Minnesota has five different locations including Morris, Duluth, Crockston, Rochester and the Twin Cities. The tuition rate is different for all four schools and also different for undergraduates and graduates. The estimated tuition rate for St. Thomas is $31,722 a year. These numbers include the tuition costs and other fees that apply when being a student at each location, although they do not include any living costs or any costs that may apply to students enrolled in any special programs.
Another fee to think about when applying for colleges in the application fee, although most of the time it is a smaller fee, it is something to take into consideration. The University of Minnesota’s application fee is $55. Along with the application fee you need to include a completed application for the current year, high school and any other attended college’s transcripts, and your ACT/SAT scores. The University of St. Thomas no longer charges an application fee, but you do need to include your high school’s and any other colleges that you attended transcripts, a writing sample, Dean of Students form, and you may include your ACT/SAT scores and letters of recommendation.
Another thing to take into consideration when selecting your school would be the cost of living. Depending on your lifestyle and different activities that you may be enrolled in, the cost is going to vary, so these are only estimates. At the University of Minnesota the estimated cost is $2,274 for a double room and $1,726 for a single room on campus, this number also includes a 14 week meal plan. It is recommended that you allow yourself $1000 per semester for extra costs and personal use. Off campus living is estimated to be $619 for a two bedroom living space per student, per semester. The Department of Agriculture estimates it to be $249 per month for food per 9 month academic year. The University of St. Thomas has an estimated on campus room/residential expense of $5,546. Indirect costs of $4,085 are also to be expected. Indirect costs include books, supplies, transportation, personal expenses, and miscellaneous fees. You will also need to account for food expenses. St. Thomas offers different meal plan options, ranging in prices from $1,490 to $1,020 per semester. So these are all things to think about when making your selection.
Depending on what you want to go to school for, and what program you are looking for will depend on which school you want to attend. Looking online and requesting further information will help you get a better look at the different programs offered per school that you are interested in. The University of Minnesota has different programs offered at all five locations. Another option to take into consideration would be the online courses. Some of the courses offered between these five locations and the online option are Accounting, Anthropology, Child Psychology, Interior Design, Journalism, Retail Merchandising, Sociology, Sports Management, and Youth Studies. There are many different majors and minors offered for undergraduate and graduate levels. Doctors and masters for some options are available as well. The University of St. Thomas also has many different options available.
Some of the majors and minors include Art History, Biology, Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Engineering, Physics, Social Work, and Urban Studies, also offered to Undergraduate and Graduate levels. University of St. Thomas offers small class sizes and an expansive range of classes. In today’s world colleges have offered us many different choices with post-secondary options. Deciding if you want to go with a public or private option is a good choice to make to narrow your selection down. In this paper, I have pinpointed two of the largest colleges in Minnesota [University of Minnesota and University of St. Thomas] and giving you a closer look when it comes to making your post-secondary education choice. While there are many different things to think about when applying for colleges, three of main things to consider are the tuition costs, the location of the school you are interested in, and the programs that your school offers. Good luck making your decision.