Private universities are not operated by governments, although many receive tax breaks, public student loans, and grants. Depending on their location, private universities may be subject to government regulation. This is in contrast to public universities and national universities. Most private universities are non-profit organizations. Although private universities and colleges have higher tuition rates, the quality of education compared to state universities can not be considered so significant. However, we can not ignore the nature of competition for private entrepreneurship that exposes itself in the form quality. According to many independent organizations’ rankings for the US’s higher education institutions, the private universities are generally in higher ranks. 

Some private universities in the US

Stanford University
Princeton University
Brown University
Cornell University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

There are hundreds of state universities and colleges  in the United States. Quality of education offered at state universities are very similar to the education offered at private universities. Although state universities’ tuition rates may significantly be low, they charge higher rates for international applicants compared to US citizens and permanent residents.

Some state universities in the US

University of California Berkley
University of California Los Angeles
University of Virginia
College of William and Mary
University of Washington

In the United States, community colleges (once commonly called junior colleges) are primarily two-year public institutions of higher education. Many community colleges also offer remedial education, GEDs, high school degrees, technical degrees and certificates, and a limited number of 4-year degrees. After graduating from a community college, some students transfer to a university or liberal arts college for two to three years to complete a bachelor’s degree, while others enter the workforce.

Some community colleges in the US

Santa Barbara City College
Valencia College
Mayland Community College
Kingsborough Community College