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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. Room and board are not included in the price.

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

Cindy Horowitz January 30, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Way to many factors to have this just a yes or no answer. First it depends on the school. I have two boys and they both went to private colleges. One school was amazing and the other school we felt like we were just paying for the very high salary of the president of the school, who was there because he was an amazing fund raiser.But, the second factor and probably the most important factor is, it depends totally on the child. You will get as much out of a school as you put into it. You can really take advantage of all a school has to offer, but the child has to be the one wanting it all. Remember mom and dad, you do all you can and then you have to set them free to fly...college i a perfect time for them to test those wings. Good luck all.
Jennifer Coe January 30, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Only my opinion: When a Junior in HS says "I am applying to such and such college," it certainly makes him or her feel good to say a private college's name, but when their sophomore year rolls around, and the bills are piling up,and maybe the experience isn't turning out to be everything they said it would be in the glossy advertisements, many, many students start to look home to schools like CCSU and WCSU. They still receive an excellent education, cost their parents less money.
Joe Grieco January 30, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I attended a Private College (Syracuse) many years ago. Was it worth it? Perhaps. As I have only been out of college since 76 and have never worked in my field, the jury is still out. More importantly, why do schools still rate Guideance Counsellors on the number of kids who get admitted to college? They do not do students a service by pushing them into an environment they may not be prepared for. Many students would be better served by joining the military, or attending a vocational school where they can attain the skills they need to compete in the current society. Let me end this with a joke - what line does a graduate of a private college with a liberal arts degree usually say to you? Would you like to supersize that?

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