Research says a college’s return-on-investment depends on this offering

A college’s return-on-investment (ROI) depends on the STEM majors offered

college-investment-stemIn what seems like a no-brainer, the relationship between college majors and salary potential is becoming ever stronger in the wake of staggering student debt. Thanks to recent research, students and colleges now have a better idea on what majors offer the best ROI in today’s complex market.

To put the research’s importance into perspective, new findings from a Pew Research Center study show that college graduates earn $17,500 more annually than their peers with high school diplomas aged 25 to 32. However, those who collect student debt have a lower return on investment over time.

While salary levels have stagnated for the past ten years, the cost of a college has risen over five times the rate of inflation since the 1980s.…Read More

College ROI: What we found

The PayScale methodology reveals which schools prepare students for well-paying careers and which schools make for poor investments, reports Bloomberg Businessweek. When Bloomberg Businessweek and PayScale last year inaugurated their ranking of the top U.S. colleges for return on investment, the main finding was a shocker. At a time when experts were trumpeting the value of a college education, our analysis showed that it was worth a fraction of what was previously thought, less than $400,000 over 30 years’ time. Only four schools had 30-year ROI in excess of $1.6 million, the highest previous estimate…

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