• Swara Kulkarni

Types of Colleges: UC, CSU, Ivy League, Public, & Private

The US has a combination of private and public colleges that students can attend after high school. Private colleges are supported by their own endowment funds and students’ tuition fees while public colleges are funded mainly by state governments. A group of eight prestigious private colleges in the northeast are called Ivy Leagues, and are extremely competitive, expensive, and have a far less application and acceptance rate when compared to other colleges. The Ivy Leagues consist of Cornell University, Dartmouth College, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Brown University, Princeton University, Harvard University, and Yale University. The overall acceptance rate for Ivy Leagues is less than 11%, and on average, less than 40,000 students apply to these schools. The average tuition fees for these schools is $56,425 a year for undergrad. Out of these schools, Harvard, UPenn, and Columbia are the best for medicine. There are several colleges other than Ivy Leagues that are private schools. One famous private college for medicine is Johns Hopkins University. Johns Hopkins had an acceptance rate of 22% and an application rate of 30,000 students last year. Fees for one year at Johns Hopkins is around %55,350 while the average tuition fees for private colleges across America in general is $35,801. Several public colleges are great for medicine as well. The largest chain of public colleges in the United States are the University of California schools. There are ten UCs in total: UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside, UC San Francisco, and UC Merced. UC San Francisco is known for its excellent medical program, with an acceptance rate of just 4%. Amongst the other nine UCs, around 180,000 freshmen apply each year and the average acceptance rate is 36%. The tuition for these schools would be much less for students to bear when compared to that of private schools. The average tuition fees across all UCs for in-state students is $12,570 and out of state students have to pay an additional $29,754. 10% of California public high school students who enroll in college go to a UC while 18% go to a CSU. CSUs, also known as the California State University schools, are another chain of public schools in California. There are 23 campuses across the state and eight off-campus centers as well. The average acceptance rate for CSUs is 65% and the average tuition fees is $5,742 per year for in-state students.

Whatever type of college students choose to go to, whether it be private or public, in-state or Ivy League, there are great medical schools in all categories of colleges across the country. Choosing a college mostly reflects a student’s priorities and background: whether they want to get into a highly competitive school, whether they can afford it, or whether their priority is to choose a school through which they can live close to their family. Regardless, there are wonderful schools everywhere in America that let students achieve their goals without having to worry about their personal background or family history.