Make your own decision on the value of a college education.

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Spend a few minutes searching Google for terms like “value of a college education” and you’ll get a lot of hits suggesting that a college degree is (or isn’t) worth the investment. Study after study dish statistics like earnings gaps, hourly wages, and rates of annual return

The majority of the conversation is focused on the amount of money a college graduate will make, particularly in relation to their peers who don’t have a degree. It’s all economics, but what isn’t these days?

Search Google long enough, and you’ll find some opinions on the value of college that stray from the financial impact of a degree. According to Frank Bruni in the New York Times: “…college isn’t just about making better engineers but about making better citizens, ones whose eyes have been opened to the sweep of history and the spectrum of civilizations.” In his article, Bruni recalled one of the most transformative experiences of his education that involved a course on Shakespeare’s tragedies – a topic that had no relevance to his future career choices. Bruni remembers this moment from his college years and it’s impacted him significantly.

It’s true that Regis University helps students prepare to advance their careers. To change their lives and the lives of their families. But, our focus goes beyond helping graduates earn bigger paychecks. Sure, we give students the tools to become better nurses and business leaders, but we also want to help them become better human beings. Regis asks our students to take a closer look at their world and the issues that really matter to them. Global challenges like poverty, health care, technology and security, and sustainability that require big solutions. Through a Jesuit Catholic education, students are provided the opportunity to explore the question "How ought we to live?" and given the tools to make an impact on the world.

Whether you’re three credits away from graduating or enrolled in your first course, we promise to do our part to ensure that the “value” of your degree is more than just a paycheck.