When I was applying to colleges and considering where to go, a big school never really crossed my mind. If you read my post about applying and choosing my college, you’ll know that I ended up applying to some big schools like Indiana University, UMN, and Wisconsin. I never imagined myself going to Wisconsin, but now that I have a semester down, I can’t imagine going anywhere else.
A huge drawback of Wisconsin for me was how big it is. I thought I would be totally lost and overwhelmed with the number of students there. I also thought it would be more difficult to find help or let me voice be heard. Instead, Wisconsin proved my misconceptions wrong and taught me that a big school is the way to go.
Here’s a list of reasons why I personally think big schools are the best.
Even if you’re not a huge sports person, the spirit of game day is something you won’t get at a smaller school. Saturdays (aka game day) become your favorite days. The games are so fun no matter what because everyone around you is so excited. My first Wisconsin football game made me instantly fall in love with the school. I never realized how important college sports would be to my overall college experience.
There are so many ways to meet all kinds of people at a big school. Going to a school of about 40,000 students can be overwhelming and intimidating. From your dorm floor, to intramural sports, there are so many more opportunities to meet amazing people.
If you are interested in getting involved in Greek life, a big school is the place to do it. There is a much larger emphasis on Greek life at larger schools. Getting involved is a way to make the school seem smaller and gives you great opportunities to be social.
Since a lot of students go to big schools, it’s likely that there will be someone you know that’s there. Whether that’s a best friend or a friend of a friend, it can make the transition to college and the task of making friends much easier.
I was drawn away from Wisconsin because I knew so many people going there and I wanted to branch out. However, it’s a big enough campus where unless you actively seek them out, you most likely won’t run into the girl you used to have drama with.
Going to a big school makes switching majors and exploring different subject areas super easy. You may be drawn to a small school for a specific program, but if you end up not liking it your options may be limited.
There are SO many opportunities for involvement at a large campus. Any one of your interests most likely has some sort of club. There are also great opportunities for professional development, volunteering, and groups that pertain to what you’re studying. It’s a great way to build your resume, learn, and make friends!
Since the school has so many students, that means there are also tons of alumni all over the world. Chances are, they are still very passionate about their school. You never know, in the future this small connection may help you.
What do you like best about your big school? Or what do you like best about a small school? Let me know in the comments!