Is a Degree Really Necessary?
Sometimes people question if a college degree is really necessary. While college may not be for everyone, a 2021 JP Morgan study reported the average annual earnings for a high school graduate as $39,371, compared to $73,163 for those with a bachelor’s degree. If you factor in a 45-year career, the total incremental earnings of a college graduate are higher by more than $1.5 million. The earning potential is even greater for those who earn a master’s or doctoral degree because they are prepared for advanced positions with higher salaries.
Employers also value employees who have a degree. In 2021, 87% of employers surveyed said that college is definitely or probably worth the investment. Employers agree that critical thinking and analysis, problem-solving, teamwork and communication through writing and speaking are critical for success in the workplace. (American Association for Colleges and Universities, “How College Contributes to Workforce Success”).
When you select a college or university, you are making an investment of skills, time and financial resources to grow into the person you want to become. It’s one of the most important investments that you’ll make in your life.
What’s Special about Private Universities?
Private colleges and universities have several advantages over public institutions:
- More individual interaction with professors to enhance your learning
- More robust financial aid, meaning the cost of a attending a private university can be less than at a public university
- Safer campuses
- Focus on community, where peers will support, inspire and challenge you
- More opportunities to make a difference
- Students are more likely to graduate on time.
- Strong alumni network, donating to the university and helping graduates in the workplace
Why Choose Ashland University?
For more than 135 years, Ashland University has been home to individuals striving for academic, professional and spiritual growth. Ashland students develop critical thinking, leadership and professional skills. Rooted in faith and tradition with an accent on the individual, Ashland University promotes values and respect toward each person and their spirituality. The one-on-one relationships with faculty, the challenging academic programs and collective sense of community are a few of the reasons students come to and stay at Ashland University.
From nationally recognized academic programs and innovative learning labs, to exceptional athletic programs, places of worship and award-winning dining facilities, Ashland University is designed to nurture all aspects of student development. A nationally ranked university with global impact, Ashland University has students calling Ashland "home" decades after graduation. The highly personal Ashland experience instills in students the discipline, confidence and values to not just succeed in the world, but to impact it in the most positive ways possible.
Our rankings and graduate successes clearly illustrate Ashland’s commitment to serving each individual student and that an Ashland education is a proven investment in your future.