According to a new report by the Pew Research Center, 60 percent of American adults have a positive opinion of higher education.
As well as highlighting the generally positive view of colleges in America, the survey also revealed that a large majority of parents from all political affiliations said they expected their own children to attend college. Reasons for young people to attend college identified in the survey include personal and intellectual growth and job training. The report follows a previous study that revealed more than 80 percent of college graduates felt their degree was a worthwhile investment in their futures.
Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce conducted its own survey on the value of a college degree. According to data from the center, students with bachelor's degrees earn, on average, 81 percent more than individuals who only get their high school diplomas.
If you're thinking of filling out college applications, be sure to do a thorough college search. Choose a major that interests you, but don't forget to consider your employment prospects. It's important to study something you're passionate about, but you need to think about how your degree can help you find a job after you graduate.