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The 7 Benefits of Going to College

In today’s economy, people are beginning to wonder about the benefits of going to college and earning a college degree. It is true that in recent years college grads are having a harder and harder time finding employment –a fact typically applies to new graduates. The rising cost of a college degree is nigh outrageous, yet the rising cost of not going to college are about the same. The economic gap between college-educated persons and their less-educated peers is widening every year and that trend is continuing year over year. Here are some compelling reasons to show that earning a college degree is still more beneficial than not.



7 Benefits of a College Education

A college grad earns more than a non-grad. The earnings gap between Millennials with a bachelor’s degree and those without is widening year over year.

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Benefits go beyond financial earnings. Millennials with college degrees have lower unemployment rate and poverty rates than those without degrees. College-educated Millennials are more likely to be married and less likely to be living in their parents’ home.

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3College grads find more satisfaction with their jobs.  Millennials with college degrees see themselves as having a career path, instead of just a job to pay the bills.

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4The cost of not going to college is rising. Compared to earlier generations, Millennials with only a high school diploma are suffering more economically.

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5College grads agree that a college degree is worth it. Nearly nine out of ten college graduates state that college is or will be worth the investment.

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College majors matter more than you know. Science and engineering majors are more likely to stay in a career related to their field of study than other majors. They are also the least likely to say that another major would have better prepared them for the jobs they really desired.

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College grads are happier and healthier overall. Those with college degrees have better health, exercise more, and smoke less. They tend to live about 9 years longer than those who don’t graduate from high school. College educated people also volunteer and vote more, creating a great addition to their communities.

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6 Comments
  • Edward
    November 22, 2015 at 2:28 am

    My college degree didn’t directly help me in my career but I learned skills that translated to any job because of college.

  • Chicken Nugget
    December 7, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    This is a very informational article that will defiantly help me in the future and I would recommend this for kids who are about to go to college

  • Tessa Hessing
    December 9, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    I was not here for most of it but me and jojo and we thought that it was cool that yeah college is expensive but it is almost as much as not going to college.

    • Edsmart
      December 9, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      Hey, Tessa! Thanks for commenting. College can be expensive. A good way to start, though, is to begin at a local community college, which tends to be cheaper. You can start your college degree journey there, and then work your way toward a four-year university. Good luck!

  • Jordyn Wilson
    December 9, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I thought the fact about going to college is expensive but not going to college can cost half of that. So if you don’t go to college it can cost you a lot. And so you should go to college so you do not have to pay half as much as you would going to college and you get a good education that goes along with the money.

    • Edsmart
      December 9, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      Hey, Jordan! A good education and better job prospects are outcomes of going to college–or even a technical/trade school.

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