When it comes to private schools, "It's all about value," says Hal Payne VP of Student Affairs at Buffalo State College. "We can provide a high quality education at a reasonable price." Payne says in-state students pay $2,700 per semester. Large class sizes tend to scare some away from public schools, but Payne says Buffalo State has kept enrollment down to ensure smaller class sizes, especially when students enter their majors.
Private schools like Daemen get funding from donations, tuition, and other endowments, but Dr. Patricia Brown says that doesn't mean the cost is out of reach. "We can offer greater financial packages and merit awards to higher achieving students," says Brown. With private schools, Brown says there is the advantage of allowing for smaller classes. "This allows students to be mentored by faculty," explains Brown.
But not even prestige, cost, or class size can trump one emotional factor. "It's the feel of being on campus, if a student sees himself in the class, that could decide where he goes," says Brown.,