Outcomes of the College Experience

In its report “Education Pays 2010,” the College Board includes the following as outcomes of having a college education:

You will be more marketable professionally, have a more stable job history, achieve more promotions, and be less likely to be involuntarily unemployed than those without a college education.


You will learn how to accumulate knowledge.


You will be more likely to seek appropriate information before making a decision. You are less likely to be duped, conned, or swindled. Seeking information will also help you realize how our lives are shaped by global, local, political, social, psychological, economic, environmental, and physical forces.


You will grow intellectually through interactions with cultures, languages, ethnic groups, religions, nationalities, and socioeconomic groups other than your own. You will participate more in and enjoy the arts.


You will gain self-esteem and self-confidence, which will help you realize how you might make a difference in the world. You are more likely to become a leader in your community and employment setting.


You will tend to be more flexible in your views, more future-oriented, more willing to appreciate differences of opinion, and more interested in political and public affairs. You will be more likely to be elected to public office.


If you have children, you will likely have fewer than nongraduates, you will be more involved with their school lives, and your children will be more likely to have greater learning potential, which in turn will help them achieve more in life. You will be more likely to stay married longer to the same person.


You will be an efficient consumer, save more money, make better investments, and be more likely to spend money on your home and on intellectual and cultural interests as well as on your children.


You will be better able to deal with bureaucracies, the legal system, tax laws, and advertising claims.


You will be more involved in education, hobbies, and civic and community affairs.


You will be more concerned with wellness and preventive health care. Through diet, exercise, stress management, a positive attitude, and other factors, you will live longer and suffer fewer disabilities. You will be less likely to use tobacco products or become dependent on alcohol or drugs.


Source: http://trends.collegeboard.org/education-pays