ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The 9 Main Advantages of a College Education

Updated on March 19, 2018
SuperBrainwave LM profile image

University educated in the UK, Paul worked for many years teaching digital media studies. He now works and lives in Florida.

Studying is a crucial part of the education process. It can help you later on when you need to do research as part of a job.  Although computers and digital information have increased in popularity, reading traditional books is still important.
Studying is a crucial part of the education process. It can help you later on when you need to do research as part of a job. Although computers and digital information have increased in popularity, reading traditional books is still important. | Source

Although there are certainly some doubters about the advantages of a college education, most individuals, employers, and educationalists typically believe in the virtues of a strong and solid higher education.

The advantages can be manifold and not always obvious to the casual observer. Reports by organizations such as the US College Board show the contribution that a university education can make to the well being of both individuals and society as a whole.

To compete in a global economy, our students must continue their education beyond high school. To make this expectation a reality, we must give students the tools they need to succeed, including the opportunity to take a college entrance exam.

— Jennifer Granholm

1. Knowledge is Power

The more you know about things, the more that you are able to form thought out opinions and make informed decisions. Plus a good education doesn't just feed you information, it shows you different ways to think, approach, and analyze situations and data.

Although going to college can be very expensive, study after study has shown that the money invested pays off over the course of a lifetime.  Earning power is increased for the average student, wherever they choose to end up working.
Although going to college can be very expensive, study after study has shown that the money invested pays off over the course of a lifetime. Earning power is increased for the average student, wherever they choose to end up working. | Source

2. Health Insurance and Pensions

Besides earnings, other advantages include benefits and pensions. College graduates consistently land jobs with employer-provided health insurance and pension plans.

That's the value of a college education... I don't know anywhere in the world where you can make an investment and make that kind of return.

— Gaston Caperton
College exam hall.  Examinations are a key part of college life for most students. One of the key things that employers like is that students have been assessed for their aptitude regarding specific skill sets and range of knowledge.
College exam hall. Examinations are a key part of college life for most students. One of the key things that employers like is that students have been assessed for their aptitude regarding specific skill sets and range of knowledge. | Source

3. Specialist Knowledge and Expertise

There is often no substitute for the expertise that the educational experience can give graduates in certain fields. University students often get direct contact with some of the great minds who work in their fields of study. We expect our doctors, architects, lawyers to be college graduates and we wouldn't trust them if they weren't.

Really, the potential for, first of all, any college graduate today is enormously good. These are good times for anyone with a college degree today, particularly African Americans. With a college degree today, you really breach the unemployment rate.

— Alexis Herman

4. Social and Networking Skills

Other advantages include the opportunity for students to develop social skills and fraternize with new and like-minded people. These can turn out to be invaluable skills to have later in life, especially with regard to employment. These skills are more easily picked up in an academic atmosphere.

A college degree is the key to realizing the American dream, well worth the financial sacrifice because it is supposed to open the door to a world of opportunity.

— Dan Rather

5. Research, Reports, Discussions

Some of the skills learned at college, such as how to research a topic thoroughly, write detailed essays and reports, and engage in vibrant discussions can also be invaluable in later life. Even if the graduate goes on to work in a field that is unrelated to their college subject area, skills like this are transferable and extremely useful.

6. Job Satisfaction

On average, studies show that graduates achieve greater job satisfaction than those with only a high school education, essentially because they obtain the more interesting and engaging jobs. They also often have greater choices over employment, so can pick an occupation that interests them.

Education is the key to the future: You've heard it a million times, and it's not wrong. Educated people have higher wages and lower unemployment rates, and better-educated countries grow faster and innovate more than other countries. But going to college is not enough. You also have to study the right subjects.

— Alex Tabarrok

7. Career Boost

Many careers allow those who are college educated to leapfrog into at a higher rank or position when they begin their chosen profession after graduating. This often means that graduates start straightaway with higher earnings, status, job satisfaction, and avoid some of the drudge jobs.

Princeton University, one of the most reputable universities in the United States of America, and indeed, the world.  Other notable institutions include Harvard, Yale, and the University of Oxford.
Princeton University, one of the most reputable universities in the United States of America, and indeed, the world. Other notable institutions include Harvard, Yale, and the University of Oxford. | Source

8. Benefits to Society

As well as benefits for individuals, there are many benefits for society generally when it comes to people receiving a college education. Graduates are far less likely to end up living in poverty or end up on public assistance programs. Plus they contribute more to the overall tax revenue.

Our youth deserve the opportunity to complete their high school and college education, free of early parenthood. Their future children deserve the opportunity to grow up in financially and emotionally stable homes. Our communities benefit from healthy, productive, well-prepared young people.

— Jane Fonda
Studies have shown that college-educated people tend to have healthier lives and suffer fewer health related problems.  Educated people, believe it or not, are typically happier than other sections of society.
Studies have shown that college-educated people tend to have healthier lives and suffer fewer health related problems. Educated people, believe it or not, are typically happier than other sections of society. | Source

9. Health and Fitness

On average college graduates are healthier than their less educated compatriots. They have been shown to be much less likely to smoke than their high school educated equivalents and are far less likely to be overweight or obese.

College education benefits: Graduation student.  Besides anything else, college graduation gives most people a sense of achievement, after the challenges of study and evaluation.
College education benefits: Graduation student. Besides anything else, college graduation gives most people a sense of achievement, after the challenges of study and evaluation. | Source

Life is the most exciting opportunity we have. But we have one shot. You graduate from college once, and that's it. You're going out of that nest. And you have to find that courage that's deep, deep, deep in there. Every step of the way.

— Andrew Shue

© 2013 Paul Goodman

New Guestbook Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)