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U Penn: Large Class Sizes and Inaccessibility of Profs

I find that some parents are stuck on reputation and prestige when they walk into my office and start talking about colleges.  I try to remind them that they are buying not only the reputation, but the educational experience for four years. I also try to talk to them about class size and accessibility of […]

Class Size and Student-to-Faculty Ratios: What the Statistics Don’t Tell You

When a client asked me the other day about the importance of student-to-faculty ratios, I got to thinking about other supposed indicators of educational quality. The other oft-cited statistic when visiting an admissions office is “average class size.” As with student-to-faculty ratios, the size of the classes at a college is assumed to reflect the […]

Student-to-Faculty Ratios: What Do These Statistics Mean?

The other day I received this question from a client: Hi, Mark. I’ve been reading college profiles, and nearly all of them cite student-to-faculty ratios, all of which fall in to a relatively narrow range of perhaps 12:1 to 20:1. How important is this statistic in choosing a college? My short answer: not very. The […]