Benefits of Going to College

Education or training beyond high school is important. A college degree gives you more opportunities and a better life.

“The purpose of college is not just … to transmit skills. It’s also to widen your horizons, to make you a better citizen, to help you to evaluate information, to help you make your way through the world, to help you be more creative.”

President Barack Obama

Short-term benefits

Experience personal growth.

College is a time to learn about yourself. Have new experiences, meet new people and explore new places!

Explore interests.

It’s ok to be interested in many possible career paths when you go to college. Take a variety of classes and get involved with student clubs to learn what you like to do.

Long-term benefits

Build a career.

It is easier to find a stable, good paying job with education and training beyond high school. Going to college teaches you knowledge and skills like communication and teamwork.

Be happy.

People with a college degree or certificate are generally happier, more fulfilled, and more engaged with their community. College graduates also tend to live longer than those with a high school diploma or less.

Invest in your future.

College graduates earn more than high school graduates. They are also more likely to have a job, especially one with good benefits like health insurance and retirement plans.

6 out of 10 jobs in Oregon require education or training beyond high school to be competitive.

College graduates with a Bachelor’s degree earn two-thirds more than high school graduates.

Oregon aims to have 8 out of 10 adults complete a college degree by 2025.

Why go to college in Oregon

There are hundreds of colleges in the state. Even if you want to go out-of-state, consider applying to at least one college in Oregon.

There’s all different types.

No matter what you want to study or how long you want to be in school, Oregon has an option for you.

Choose from a variety of locations.

Want to go to college by the beach? You’ve got several choices on the Oregon coast. Want sun? Head to central or eastern Oregon. Whether you want to be in the heart of a big city or off the beaten path, there is a college for you.

It’s affordable.

Concerned about paying for college? There are state grants and private scholarships just for students who attend Oregon colleges. Public universities also offer in-state tuition for residents. And you’ll have less transportation costs getting to and from school!

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