Better funding and more flexibility
If students choose a technical field, they'll likely have access to more resources.
"The more technical the area of study, the more likely you will want to be at a major state university," says McKeon, who helps high school and post-college students prepare for the undergraduate and graduate school admissions process. "Big state schools have funding to run expensive departments and projects such as advanced computer labs and teaching hospitals," she says.
Also, at a large state university a student is more likely to have access to required courses that are needed when a student is ready to take them. "At smaller schools if you miss Math A in the fall, you will have to wait until the next fall to take it, putting you behind by a full year rather than one semester," says McKeon. "At a large state school, you can probably find Math A in the spring and Math B in a summer session so you can get caught up before the next fall."