Vast alumni network
State universities typically offer a larger alumni base, providing professional networking opportunities that can help students land internships and jobs. "If a student plans to live and work in a particular state, having the in-state university on their resume opens doors professionally," says McKeon.
Nirav Mehta, associate director of the Executive MBA Program at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, says UM's alumni number more than a half-million. "By partnering with the Alumni Association, alumni are able to stay connected to the school and utilize vast resources to help them continue to grow both personally and professionally while making a positive difference in the world," he says.
"Larger state schools often have more frequent alumni networking events as well as a more extensive on-campus career and job resource center," adds Maschal.