5 Surprising Facts About College Grads

Given the high cost of a college education, it makes sense to wonder if a degree is still worth your time and money. Studies show that there are many benefits associated with higher education, including some of these surprising ones we listed below.

  1. Longer Life Span: For Americans with less than a high school education, the risk of dying prematurely is on the increase while the risk of premature death among college graduates is falling. Moreover, white high-school dropouts are four times more likely to die young than white college graduates.
  2. Better Luck In Love: College educated are more likely to get married than high school grads. They are also less likely to get divorced and more likely to report being happy in their marriage.
  3. Education Matters Even More for Women: Women who graduate from college earn about 76% more over their lifetime than women who only complete high school.
  4. Much Higher Lifetime Earnings: Over the course of an adult’s working lifetime, high school graduates can expect, on average, to earn $1.2 million; those with a bachelor’s degree, $2.1 million; and people with a master’s degree, $2.5 million. Doctoral degree holders earn an average of $3.4 million during their working life.
  5. Less Likely to Be Unemployed: In February 2010, the unemployment rate among Americans who hold a college degree was 5% compared to 15.6% among Americans who completed high school only.

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