Preparing For College
Why go to college?
You will have the opportunity to interact with people from all over the country as well as all over the world! At the University of Cincinnati for example, 21.4% of undergraduate students are from outside the state of Ohio. 3,300 of students come here from countries other than the United States. In college, you will be encouraged to meet new people and learn more about them. In turn, you could also learn a thing or to about yourself!
College degree holders generally earn more money over the course of their professional career. In 2014, the median earnings of young adults ages 25-34 who held a bachelor's degree were $49,900 while the median earnings for young adults with only a high school degree were $30,000. In other words, the median earnings for the bachelor's degree holders were 66% higher than the earnings for the high school degree holders (National Center for Education Statistics, 2016).
Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education gathered data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and found that college degree holders have lower unemployment rates (3.5%) than those with only high school credentials (6.0%).
Having some level of college education is an expectation many employers have for their employees. The Georgetown Public Policy Institute Center on Education and the Workforce predicts that in 2020, 65% of jobs will require some type of college degree. Since 1973, workers with postsecondary education in jobs has increased by 29% (Recovery; Job Growth and Education Requirements Through 2020). In an article from the New York Times, one employer is quoted as saying the impression of college graduates is that they are "more career-oriented" and that they are "making a real commitment to their futures." Knowing what employers are looking for is critical and often times they want employees that are committed to success and progress.