School size is a huge factor to consider when making your final college decision. You need to consider how size affects the atmosphere of big vs. small schools and whether it will provide you with what you need to achieve your goals. If you’re considering a small school, be sure to weigh the potential advantages and disadvantages of a small campus and how they will impact you.
Student vlogger Jordan-Paige is a student at a small school (Vancouver Film School), so she’s here to help you lay the groundwork for your advantages and disadvantages list. Watch her video below to hear her personal pros and cons that led her to choosing a small school.
Advantages of a small school
- You’ll know most of the students on campus, so it’s easier to make friends.
- You won’t be just a number or face in the crowd. Professors can get to know you personally because the student-faculty ratio is lower.
- With fewer buildings on campus, it’s easier to move from class to class.
- Most specialized schools—like Vancouver Film School—don’t require students to take the typical core general education classes.
Disadvantages of a small school
- With fewer students, there are usually fewer sports and extracurricular activity opportunities on campus (some small schools might not even have sports teams).
- Most small schools don’t have Greek life.
- There are fewer dorm rooms available on campus, so many students have to live off campus.
Every school is different, so not all small schools will present the same advantages and disadvantages as another. Make sure you do your own research on the schools you’re considering so you can ensure each one has the personal requirements you need from a college. Good luck!