Public Vs. Private Universities

When deciding where to attend college, choosing a public or private university can make a difference. Here are a few ways private universities compare to their public counterparts.


Public universities are publicly funded, as well as receiving donations and tuition. At a private university, money typically comes from donors and tuition.

Class Sizes

At a private university, you can typically expect smaller class sizes where students get more feedback and interaction from instructors. Public universities generally have larger class sizes with less one-on-one attention.

Religious Affiliations

Some private universities, like Southern Nazarene University, are expressly Christian and guided by those beliefs while public entities must maintain separation of church and state.


Still have questions about what it’s like to attend a private university? Feel free to reach out to SNU’s admissions team! They will be happy to help.

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