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College graduates earn $1 million more than high school graduates

College graduates earn $1 million more than high school graduates over their lifetime, and the income gap between the highest-paid college majors and the lowest-paid is more than $3 million dollars.

By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the economy will require postsecondary education

By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the economy will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school. The United States is more educated than ever: In 1973, workers with postsecondary education held only 28 percent of jobs; by comparison, they held 59 percent of jobs in 2010 and will hold 65 percent of jobs in 2020

 

Some schools have become harder to get into than others

In 1990, the acceptance rate at the University of Pennsylvania was 41 percent, according to U.S. News data. In the 2017 edition of Best Colleges, U.S. News data show 37,268 students applied to Penn and 3,787 were accepted – an acceptance rate of 10 percent.