At the risk of sounding snobby I'm going to generalize a little about public schools. My opinion (I haven't attended any college so this is just based off of what I've heard and researched) is that it is the average public schools job to ensure that the kids of a state (which ever the college is in) have the opportunity to go to college. A lot of kids who aren't driven, aren't good at school, and aren't very interested in their education get accepted and go to public school. There are definitely some super smart kids and plenty of kids who care a lot about their education, but compared to a private school there are gonna be a lot more kids who don't care. I'm not judging anyone who went to public school!!! Please understand that.
My question is whether this generalization applies to more selective public schools. I'm thinking about UMCP, UMAnnArbor, U Delaware, and U Pittsburgh. I live in Maine and I'm gonna apply to UMaine as a safety school, but I'm afraid that it will fit the generalization above. How do the other schools I've listed compare the my generalization? What would a private school have that these don't?
(I don't want this to alter the conversation a lot, but I'm planning on studying engineering. I'm saying that just in case it affects someones response)