Is a College Education Worth It?

With the rising costs of college tuition, it’s common to hear the question, “Is college worth it?” At Marshall University, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”

When affordability meets quality, the result is value. That’s as true for a college education as it is for all that stuff you order on Amazon. Of course, financial aid is a key factor for most students considering college. Fortunately for Marshall University students, the average financial aid award is more than $11,000 per year – so we’ve got affordability covered. And with more than 150 majors and an average class size of 21, Marshall scores on quality.

The other side of the equation is what happens after graduation. Does your degree have real value? Will you be prepared for a career when you graduate? And will employers hire you? Read on to learn more about the value of a Marshall education.

Return on Investment

ROI is built directly into Marshall’s academic programming, beginning freshman year with the First Year Seminar in Critical Thinking. The semester-long course helps students develop critical thinking skills through discussion, interaction, writing, and research. Limited to 22 students per class, FYS courses are active, energetic, and hands-on. By the time you graduate, you’ll be fully prepared with the critical thinking skills you need to succeed in your chosen field.

In fact, studies conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers show that employers rate critical thinking as the single most important qualification for career readiness for new college graduates. That’s great news for Marshall students and grads.

Choosing A Major – and A Career

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in healthcare are among the fastest-growing occupations in the United States. They rank at the top of the most popular majors at Marshall, too, next to business, engineering, education, and liberal arts and sciences. Whatever your interests, as a Marshall student, you’ll have help choosing your major – usually in your second year. Explore Marshall’s majors.

Marshall’s Office of Career Education is the place to go for career planning and support. In addition to receiving help exploring and declaring a major and setting career goals, career counselors can help you find the perfect internship, craft your résumé, and hone your interview skills. (Turns out oral communications skills also rank high with U.S. employers.) Then there are the networking events, career expos, and the all-important job search assistance.

Of course, parents are always included in the process. Marshall’s Career Services offers parents resources they can use to support students throughout all four years of college.

Your Network for Life

Students can also connect with alumni and other professionals through the Marshall Mentor Network. A one-on-one relationship gives you the opportunity to gain insight into your chosen field, learn strategies for professional development, and establish industry contacts. Working with a Marshall mentor is an invaluable way to network and hit the ground running.

As a graduate of Marshall, you’ll have access to the benefits of the Marshall University Alumni Association, including ongoing career services and a network of Marshall alumni who are proud to call themselves the Sons and Daughters of Marshall.

Is a college education worth it? At Marshall University, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” Find out how you can join the Sons and Daughters of Marshall.