Over the span of a couple decades, higher education has significantly evolved. From single-sex institutions deciding to go co-ed to outrageous skyrocketing costs, the higher education market has certainly changed. However in particular, one area that has seen a great deal of growth is the recent rise of the for-profit college. From their marketing advertisements of television commercials to online pop-ups, these colleges have surely become ubiquitous; however, this development had not always been for the better. And although in comparison to a non-profit college, both of these types of schools do offer accredited degrees but studies have shown that more students had success in not only graduating but also in employment by taking the route of a traditional non-profit school.
And so, due to the different mentality and goals of the two types of colleges, many differences occur and become distinctly evident. "Non-profits offer a learning environment designed first and foremost to serve students' interests, helping them finish their college degrees and achieve career success. While, for-profits (sometimes called "proprietary schools") are in business to make money for owners and shareholders by offering a service; in this case education" ("Non-Profit vs. For-Profit Colleges: What You Need to Know" 1). Furthermore, these non-profit schools are typically the traditional state universities and private colleges that charge you with tuition in which they spend a vast majority of this money into education. Also, they also spend it to pay their professors and instructors to provide proper education, to conduct research and to maintain their campus and its facilities. Whereas for-profit colleges are typically owned and run by a private organization or corporation that charges an even greater tuition than the non-profits, but surprisingly they offer an even worse education due to the massive spending on marketing and recruiting instead of spending on the actual education.