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1) A bachelor's degree does not mean higher lifetime earnings. Who earns more?


3) Major in what you like because our "Flat World" means a lot of competition meaning more effort is needed to be successful. 

4) Minor where the job are: health, education and STEM lead in most projected high-paying jobs. Studies show all careers can be enhanced by digital knowledge.

4) Increase your Geekability by adding one useable software or Apps task per month to be done with your computer and phone.

5) Improving SAT testing ability is not a good idea because 1) data indicates comprehensive standardized test coaching has only a small effect on scores  2) anxiety they cause can be a serious problem and 3) attending a college you are not academically prepared for hinders career success. See SAT Coaching Found to Boost Scores--Barely
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6) Going to a school where you are near the top academically usually a good idea for three reasons. Grants will be higher, time will be available to enhance non-academic skills and professors favor their best students.

7) Traditional and social networking and good mentoring are still very important to success. See Larger Triangle

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Who Earns More With Just a Bachelors Degree?

Having a high school degree provides Higher earnings boost for almost everyone. For the  “high-ability” group, a bachelor’s degree provides a moderate boost to wages—certainly lower than what we think of as the benefits of college, but still a respectable amount that makes getting the degree worthwhile." Some in this group have the characteristics necessary for an advanced degree where the earnings may substantially increase.. But for the “low-ability” group, the bachelor’s degree earnings premium is nonexistent." Source

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Most for-profit schools and many small liberal arts colleges are not selective. Look at test scores and percent accepted to determine selectivity. See Employment Data on College Majors  Business Insider 2014

Fareed Zakaria defense of a liberal education is reasonable but remember that very strong academic ability and other outstanding traits are required to earn a "reasonable" academic degree and return. The majority of liberal majors do not have these abilities and even if they did, there are few good paying jobs. So studying art or music or psychology is fine but when you can expect a low salary.