Patch's Poll: Is A Private College Worth The Cost?

Three Connecticut private colleges make the 10 Most Expensive List. Is that money well spent? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

Three of the 10 most expensive private colleges in the nation are in Connecticut, according to U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of expensive colleges. This year's list includes , Trinity College and Wesleyan University.

Trinity College, in Hartford, ranked third at $44,070 for tuition and fees, according to the list.

Conn comes in fifth, at $43,990.

Wesleyan University, in Middletown, ranked eighth at $43,674.

What do you think? It that education worth the cost?

Sandy D'Esopo January 29, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Yes, for several reasons: (1) Some private schools are able to offer a higher level of aid to needy students than state schools, making the real cost more equal. (2)Private schools can often offer a more personalized curriculum for students. (3)Some students will flourish in a private school's smaller, more intimate setting the atmosphere typical of huge state universities. (4)Many private schools are very prestigious and highly selective; degrees from them often carry more weight with employers than public institutions do.
tom January 30, 2012 at 04:12 AM
The Curmudgeon This answer seems pretty obvious to me, take a look around, almost every organization that is 5 - 40 people is run by some form of common college graduate or military personnel and a lot of those folks are surviving. My guess is these are the college kids that actually worked their way through school and gained real experiences in life, not the beer pong experts. Now EVERY government Agency that has failed us, every Bank and Business that was bailed out, ALL run by people with the finest educations you apparently can buy or cheat your way through. That's really the only way you can explain the incompetence is through cheating. They certainly haven't learned anything..... but cheating the American public.
tom January 30, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Here's the funniest part of this simple question, Just by the answers, you can tell who paid too much money. It's the the people that over complicate the answer and engage in boring ramblings straying farther and farther away from common sence with every penny they over paid.
mystmom January 30, 2012 at 09:35 PM
My husband got a certificate at a local community college and has worked hard for 25 years to get where he is. Kids getting hired with college degrees are making very close to what he was making just 5 years ago. Someone else he works with, now has a child with a college degree at the same company. His starting pay is just $15,ooo less than what she is making. Unfortunately, college has become a necessity these days; only a rare few can get by with just a high school diploma any more. The same with the trades. You don't just go into them; you need to have on the job training, state tests for certification, and you aren't even able to take these tests until you've worked for a certain number of years.
Pem McNerney January 30, 2012 at 10:18 PM
When it comes to looking for a school, the key thing is to look for a good fit. In some cases, particularly if a student gets good grades and gets academic scholarships, private universities can be as affordable if not more so, than public universities. If you can afford it, whether by paying for it or through scholarships, by all means put them in the mix when looking for a school. If you can't, you can get as good an education at a public university or community college. A couple years out, no one cares where you went to school.


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