Facts & Figures
In some states, nearly all college students attend public institutions, but in others, the tradition of private education is strong.
Some public institutions that have learned to make do with less are welcoming new state money, while some private institutions have grown wealthier through private largess.
Universities in areas like Silicon Valley may pay a premium in faculty salaries, but less-prestigious institutions in the same areas often do not.
One university in Texas figured out how to grow: by raising admissions standards to make students feel proud to attend.
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