• Why Go to College? Increasingly, Because You'll Make More Money

    Recent research from Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends project shows that college, although more expensive than it was just a few years ago, is probably worth the money -- especially if young workers want to make money and have careers they care about.

  • Take These 3 College Courses to Maximize Your Chances at a Job

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 284,000 American workers toiled for minimum wage last year, despite having a bachelor's degree. CNBC points out that this number, while significantly lower than the 327,000 overeducated minimum wage earners in 2010, is up a whopping 70 percent from 2002. To some extent, it's because today's college grads need to have more skills than previous generations, in order to impress employers.

  • A Bachelor's Degree -- From a Community College?

    Community college used to be where students went to start their academic career, often for less money than they'd pay to attend a four-year school. If you wanted vocational training, or a degree that would transfer to another, longer program, community college was the place to start. But in California, at least, community colleges might soon offer four-year programs -- in high-demand concentrations.

  • Here's a Reason to Get a College Degree: You're More Likely to Work at Home

    Want a job that will let you work from home, at least part of the time? Better get a college degree. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that workers with a four-year degree are much more likely to be allowed to telecommute.

  • Khan Academy Launches New College Prep Program
    The day you find out that you've been accepted to the college of your choice is quite possibly one of the best days in your life. However, when that doesn’t happen, it can seem as though your future hangs in the balance. Khan Academy has introduced a new college prep program that aims to help high school students turn their collegiate dreams into reality.
  • Liberal Arts Majors, Rejoice: Salary Study Says You'll Find a Job That Pays

    Arts and humanities majors might never make as much as engineering and math students, but they're far from poverty-stricken, says a recent study. In fact, the report shows that liberal arts grads eventually make up the salary gap between their trajectory and that of other professionals.

  • Why Is College So Expensive?

    A college degree allows workers in many fields to command more money -- provided they're able to get a job. In an economy where that's still far from a sure thing, how can universities justify charging ever-higher amounts for tuition and fees? In part, it's because they have to.

  • The Value of a Well-Rounded Education
    Critical thinking is a valuable life skill that we often develop during our school years. Many of the most successful among us earned well-rounded, higher educations and the ability to think critically.
  • Use Your Skills to Save the World: Year Up

    Year Up is an organization dedicated to closing gap between open opportunities at tech companies and urban young adults who have the desire, but not the skills and experience, to fill those roles.

  • A Fine-Arts Degree May Be a Better Choice Than You Think

    For every fine arts major who goes into his chosen field of study with his head held high, there's another who cringes as he registers for classes, following his heart but fearing a future of unemployment. Well, fear not, our artistic friends: your employment opportunities might be better than you'd expect.

  • Are Out-of-Control Tuition Increases Slowing Down?

    In-state tuition at four-year public colleges and universities increased by only 2.9 percent for this year, on average, according to the College Board. That's the smallest increase since 1975, and a departure from the recent trend of skyrocketing tuition fees.

  • Schools Pay Student Loans for Underemployed Grads

    Adrian College offers a perk for prospective students concerned about low-paying jobs and high loans after graduation: starting next year, the Michigan school will reimburse graduates for their student loans, if they make less than $20,000 a year.

  • Small Costs Make Big Differences in College Applications
    Small reductions in the cost of applying to college results in low-income students applying to, and sometimes attending, more selective schools.
  • Poor Students are Encouraged to Aim Higher
    The College Board, the group that administers the SATs, is reaching out to high-scoring, low-income students, to convince them to aim higher and apply to elite colleges and universities.
  • Confessions of College Admissions Officers
    What really goes through the minds of college admissions officers, and what it means for students applying to college.
  • The Best Schools by Type

    There are almost as many ways to choose a college as there are colleges to choose from. Sometimes, students know which major they want to study; other times, they're focused on how much money they'll make after graduation. If you want to look at schools based on their type -- e.g. party schools, Ivy League universities, liberal arts colleges, research schools -- we've got all the information you need.

  • Your Barista Is Also Your Underemployed Psychologist

    The bad news is that psychology majors are on PayScale's top ten list of underemployed college graduates. The good news is that if you qualify for membership in Psi Chi you may avoid counseling customers while you brew their grande lattes.

  • Know Where You Want to Live? Here's Which College to Choose

    For some of us, when it comes to picking a school, it's all about location, location, location. Maybe we love skiing, and need to live near the mountains; maybe we can't tolerate the cold, and need a milder climate to stimulate our brain powers.

  • Which School Has the Crankiest Students?

    Here's an idea for our next iteration of the College Salary Report: schools with the most disgruntled students. After reading this post on Jezebel, we'd definitely have to include Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. One of their students wrote one of the more bananas emails we've ever seen and sent it to his classmates:

  • Salary Scrimmage: Party Schools vs. Sober Schools [infographic]

    The decision of whether to go to a party school or a sober school probably has a lot more to do with the student's recreational interests and general lifestyle than it does with earning potential. But since neither beer nor milk buys itself, we thought we'd take a look at both types of institution on an earning-potential basis.

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