College Essay : College Education

1753 Words Oct 9th, 2014 8 Pages
Branavan Varathan
10/05/14
ENC 1101-U32
College Education in America College has always been part of the American dream. However, the rapid increase of tuition and other costs (housing, textbooks, loans etc.) has made going to college harder than ever. Now, more and more people are choosing not to go to college because of how expensive it is. Yet college degrees are valued so high and are important to many people. Countless people believe that the cost of a higher education in America is worth every penny spent. Is college in America really worth it?
The first thing I wanted to find out was how many people go to colleges and universities in America. To find this information I went to the NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) website. In 2014, around 21 million students are expected to attend American universities. This number is an estimated 5.7 million more than students attended in the fall of 2000. The escalation of the college-age population and growing enrollment rates has contributed to the rise of college enrollment percentages. From this information I understood that the amount of people entering college is increasing tremendously, and that there is little doubt to the benefits of college.
Next, I wanted to find out what the benefits of going to college exactly were. The NCES provided information on this too. In 2012, about 73% of young adults ages 25–34 with a bachelor 's degree or higher in the labor force had year-round, full-time jobs, compared to…

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