Discuss the advantages of small and big university

IELTS Writing Task 2 with sample answer.

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Some students prefer to attend a small university. Others prefer to attend a big university.

Discuss the advantages of each. Then indicate which type of university you prefer?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


Sample Answer:
There are certain advantages in studying in a small university and big universities also offer many benefits for the students. What type of university one chooses depends on his necessity, aptitude, availability of offer, choice and preference.

Let’s have a look on the advantages of studying in a small university. A small university is undersized, so very easy to find where the faculties and departments are. Those who need professional degrees for their already started professional life will prefer such universities. If the university is very near to a student’s residence it will be a natural choice.

In the small universities there is a good chance for intimate relations between students and teachers. It will help to foster good academic atmosphere and effective learning.

On the other hand big universities serve the true purpose of a university. A university should be big and it carries the ‘universe’ in itself. In a university universal knowledge are discussed, absorbed and sought after so it should be big enough for giving enough space to imagination.

In a big university there is a big chance to meet people of diversified nature and henceforth good chance to develop oneself all the ways. In a big university students can enjoy the campus life to the full. It can provide students with all the campus amenities a university can provide. Actually a university is not all about classes and books; it is a place to develop oneself in body, mind and soul. That’s why it is found that in a big university there are enough playgrounds for students and there are stadiums, gyms for sports and physical exercise. It is very essential to have a sound body to have sound mind. So sports and physical exercises are essential for a sound body. And only big universities can provide students with enough place and space to play.

A big university can accommodate diversified disciplines and people. So there is a good chance for effective interaction among students of different disciplines which can help to their respective interests.
That’s why I’ll prefer a big university than a small one. Universities are not schools or kindergarten after all!