Compare & Contrast Essay

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Kaylee Thurber Wells
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Compare & Contrast Essay

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...
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