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The value of a four-year college degree has never been greater. This is particularly true for graduates in comparison to their peers who have lower levels of education.

The globalized job market is hyper-competitive, and a four-year degree is increasingly a base requirement that’s necessary just to get your foot in the door for an interview. Millennials recognize this reality since a third of them hold at least a bachelor’s degree. This makes them the best-educated generation in history.

A college education enriches not only the person who receives it, but society overall. We must never forget that an informed citizenry of the kind provided by our colleges and universities is critical to a democratic society.


Published: HuffPost College, The Blog, April 1, 2015, updated, May 27, 2015.