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  • The 5 Most Meaningful Majors
    Why not pick the major that leads to the highest salary after graduation and over time? Because not everyone wants to a petroleum engineer or an actuary. Aptitude and passion both count when it comes time to choose a major. For that reason, PayScale's College Salary Report also lists the majors that provide the highest meaning for their graduates.
  • 5 High-Paying Jobs for English Majors

    For today's prospective college students, the pressure is high to choose a STEM major, and set themselves up for a high-paying, in-demand occupation. There's just one problem: what if science and technology -- outside of the scope of speculative fiction -- genuinely don't excite you?

  • The Status of College Dropouts: Struggling With Debt and No Degree
    College is often touted as a requirement for a high-paying job, or a ticket to the middle class, especially for low-income students. However, college is also growing increasingly unaffordable for everyone but the most well-to-do families.
  • Top 5 Associate Degrees by Salary Potential
    PayScale's College Salary Report includes associate degrees for the first time this year. Why? Because from a salary perspective, the right two-year degree can pay off -- sometimes, more than a bachelor's degree.
  • Top 5 Bachelor's Degrees by Salary Potential
    STEM degrees have it, when it comes to earning potential after graduation. In fact, as shown by PayScale's recent, majors-focused release of the College Salary Report, choice of major makes more of an impact on salary than any other factor, including which school you attend.
  • Should You Apply to College? 5 Things to Consider

    It’s fall and many young people are looking at those college applications and thinking “is college still a good idea?” It’s a relevant question considering the high cost of tuition and the student debt problem in America. It’s also an issue that spurred debate this past spring. Before you decide whether you should take the plunge, take these factors into consideration.

  • College Salary Report: Right Brain vs. Left Brain Majors

    A big paycheck is nice, but all the money in the world won't buy you happiness if you choose a career that's a bad fit for your personality and aptitudes. That said, not every high-paying STEM career is solely the dominion of left-brain types.

  • College Salary Report: Majors That Pay You Back

    If you want to get rich -- or at least, comfortable enough not to have to worry about paying off those loans -- which major you choose can be even more important than which college or university you decide to attend. PayScale's latest release of the College Salary Report focuses on the majors that will help you pull in the big bucks.

  • Top 5 Sober Schools by Salary Potential

    If you're more interesting in studying hard than partying hearty, you probably don't care about finding a college with a robust Greek life or lot of keggers to choose from on any given weekend. This year's College Salary Report offers a complete list of the top-earning sober schools.

  • Goucher College: Goodbye SAT, Hello YouTube

    College applications are a dreaded beast: prepping for, taking, and retaking the SAT or ACT, writing the clever and eloquent essay describing your 18 years on the planet thus far, begging teachers to write letters of recommendation, and then fretting over the final GPA on your transcripts. Now, imagine if all of that process was simply eliminated and instead of jumping through hoops, you made a video. No tests, no essays, no letters, no transcripts. That’s what one college is attempting to do.

  • Top 5 Liberal Arts Schools by Salary Potential

    Want a well-rounded education, but high earning potential when you graduate? You don't have to sacrifice a solid foundation in the liberal arts for practical concerns. Although STEM graduates routinely top the list of high-salaried grads, many of the schools on this year's College Salary Report offer plenty of options for humanities, arts, and communications majors.

  • The 5 Highest-Earning Schools for Sports Fans

    Want to root for the home team and net a solid paycheck after graduation? These schools prove that jocks and the spectators who love them can earn an impressive salary. This year's College Salary Report picks the winners.

  • The 5 Best Party Schools by Salary Potential

    What's work-life balance look like when you're a college student? For some, it's being able to party hearty while still getting a top-rated education, and making a good salary after graduation. If you think you can balance keggers and cramming, PayScale's College Salary Report shows which four-year schools might just be for you.

  • Comedian John Oliver Skewers For-Profit Colleges

    Sunday’s Last Week Tonight delivered a 16 minute tongue lashing directed at for-profit colleges and their role in the student debt crisis. The schools have been at the center of a congressional investigation and have been called into question by the media and the public for their recruiting tactics and student loan practices. Host John Oliver didn’t hold back in his recap of the situation.

  • These 5 Two-Year Colleges Offer Salaries to Rival Bachelor's Degrees

    Don't have the time, funds, or inclination to get a four-year degree? Some associate's degree programs offer high salary potential for less time. Just keep in mind that choice of school matters. For the first time, this year's College Salary Report highlights the schools whose two-year degrees offer you the best shot at raking in the big bucks.

  • Introducing the 2014-2015 PayScale College Salary Report

    Future salary isn't the only measure of a top-quality college education, but in an era when student loan debt tops $1 trillion, and two-thirds of students graduate with student loan debt, identifying which schools offer a future salary advantage is an important part of the college selection process. PayScale's annual College Salary Report helps you do your homework.

  • US News Best Colleges: What Makes a Top School Great in 2014?

    Princeton, Harvard, Yale, and Stanford: these schools were among the top four universities in this week's Best College rankings from U.S. News -- and, albeit in a different order, they were the top-ranked universities in 1983, the first year the list was released. But that doesn't mean that U.S. News (or any other source) is reviewing universities and colleges the same way they were 30 years ago.

  • Is Higher Education Worth the Cost? Fusion and PayScale Investigate

    Student loan debt currently tops $1 trillion, and tuition and fees increase every year. In an era of persistent unemployment and declining real value of wages, a prospective student could be forgiven for wondering if it's worth it to go to college at all. Recently, Fusion, a TV and digital network aimed at Millennials, and PayScale examined the question of whether college is still a good investment.

  • American-Sized Student Loan Debt for Australians?

    Australians have found themselves in the middle of a debate not unlike the ongoing dispute in the U.S. over the cost of higher education. This year, the Australian government unveiled a proposal that would allow universities to raise tuition without any regulatory restraints. Officials say the changes would make schools more competitive, but opponents believe college in Australia will become unaffordable.

  • Should Colleges Be Held Accountable for the Success of Students?
    It’s been a year since the White House announced its plan for a new college rating system and most college presidents still don’t love it. The idea of being held accountable for the success of students doesn’t sit well with many administrators. Yet, with student debt mounting, full-time professors dwindling, and the cost of tuition skyrocketing, colleges may have to get comfortable with showing they’re worth it.