Top Myths About Attending a Private University in Texas

Written by The LCU Blogging Team on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 in Campus Life

We’re going to assume that since you’ve landed on this blog post, you’re starting to make some serious decisions about where to apply for college. Should you apply to a large, public school or a smaller, private university? The truth is both small and large college campuses have plenty to offer students.

Sadly, there are many myths that surround attending a private university in Texas. We’d hate for you to rule out a private education because of a misconception, so we’re debunking some of these myths in this blog post.

Myth #1: “I won’t get in.”

Many college applicants worry that admission to private universities is too competitive. It’s true, at LCU we expect a lot from our students. It’s important to us that you can demonstrate academic ability.

We offer Unconditional Admission to students with an admission index score of 45 or higher. The admission index score is calculated based on a combination of each student’s ACT or SAT score and high school GPA. You can learn more about unconditional admission criteria and even calculate your index score right here on our website.  

Myth #2: “I can’t afford it.”

Another common myth about attending a private university? The price tag. Yes, the face-value of a private school, such as LCU, may seem high compared to a public college. But, once you factor in the mix of scholarships, grants, and work study packages offered by private universities, the net cost is actually quite comparable. Check out this blog post to find out how to calculate a school’s net price vs. the sticker price.

It’s also important to consider benefits that can’t be given a dollar value, like class size, research opportunities, experienced faculty, and community. Which brings us to our next common misconception about private universities.

Myth #3: “I’ll have more opportunities at a larger school.”

It’s perfectly normal to believe that a larger, state school can provide more opportunities than a smaller school like LCU. But in reality, bigger does not automatically equal better. With over 60 majors to choose from, there’s no shortage of opportunities at LCU. And small class sizes provide more chances for hands-on learning.

At LCU, students can choose to join over 25 student organizations, cheer on the Chaps or Lady Chaps (including our 2015 women’s NCAA II basketball national champs), or join the fun by playing any of our 13 intramural sports. The newly-renovated Rhodes-Perin Rec Center offers 70,000-square-feet of recreational space for students to keep fit.

For aspiring world travelers, we offer multiple study abroad programs as well as student-led Spring Break trips across the country and the globe. So you have plenty of opportunities to collect passport stamps as well.

You’ll find that it’s much easier to stand out for the things you do well in a smaller community than it is in a student body in the tens of thousands.

Myth #4: “I won’t fit in.”

If you’re worried about finding your place in a small community, don’t stress. The student body at LCU is just as diverse as we are tight-knit. We welcome and embrace all of our students, treat each other with dignity and respect, and value each person as one made in God’s image.

There’s something for everyone here at LCU, from musical groups and social clubs to campus leadership and academic lecture series. We are committed to helping you find your place here on campus. It all starts with our GO! Freshman Orientation that’s specifically designed to introduce you to campus and help you start to build lifelong relationships.

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