I went to my undergrad at a small for-profit health care focused school, to get my BSN (bachelor's of nursing). They would fire their tenured faculty as soon as they hit a certain pay grade, including one biology professor who was up for a nobel prize for some of his work (was unfortunately beaten out, but it was really exciting being in his class when he heard from a colleague that his name was really in the running). Therefore, by the time I graduated, only two of the professors I had were still there. All others had been fired and found jobs elsewhere (this really screwed me for my grad school apps). This college has a huge pharmacy program as well, and brags about how 2/3 of their pharmacy students fail out after the fourth year (it's a six-year program) because of how hard it is. Now, it is hard, but you don't see nonsense like that from not-for-profit pharmacy schools. They tend to require reapplying to the program after two years, and folks that don't make it will go get a bachelor's of science in bio or chem. At this school, you're effed. Four years of tuition down the hole, and you have /nothing/ to show for it. Not even a consolation bachelor's. I saw so many smart kids end up working minimum wage jobs and trying to go to community college to get some sort of credits so they can do something with their lives. It actually chokes me up a little talking about it, because it is such a waste of potential. And for what? For money for the administrator's pockets. It makes me sick.
I'm now in grad school, at a non-profit Jesuit university. The difference...is night and day. I'm not afraid to get to know my professors, because they will be around later, and won't blame us for any issues. I'm enjoying my classes and meeting people, and not worrying. Yes, tuition is still expensive, but the quality of the learning environment...I never realize how bad it was at my undergrad, until I saw how it should be here. I didn't realize how much my undergrad effected my viewpoints of those in authority, until I found myself acting oddly around professors and finally realized why. There's no grade inflation here, no scales for the purpose of keeping everybody here (at least until the fourth year). You earn what you earn, and the profs will help you.
The profs aren't always angry, or stressed, or not real PhDs. No lie, my alma mater would hire chiropractors and have them teach bio and chem, because they're cheaper than PhDs but they count as "doctorate trained" when it comes to college scoring on the US News report. Yes, I too want to be taught the basic sciences from someone who believes in magic. Oh wait, I was. It's scary. As a stupid 18 year old, I didn't know what to look for in a college. Wait, let me rephrase. Un-worldly. I was damn smart, but I was awed by the nice dorms, nice location, and fancy classrooms. I was the oldest, as well, so my parents didn't know (yet) how college had changed. Anyways, just my long two cents. It's a messed up system, and it is absolutely hugely important to differentiate between the for-profit and the non-profits here, because the difference is enormous.