College is quite costly—in 2010, the average annual cost for a 4-year institution was $21,657, which included tuition, room, and board. On average, 2,350,000 students enroll in college each year (67 percent females vs. 33 percent males). Now, are college students paying for more than just a degree? Yes, of course! They are paying to skip class 26 times a year, get two parking tickets a year, and attend 62 parties a year.

All kidding aside, college is an excellent place to build a social life and lifelong friendships. College students meet other people through campus organizations, dorms, orientation, and class. About 14 percent of people actually meet their spouse in college. Students are also exposed to Greek life, different cultures, and a variety of viewpoints. Colleges and universities reported nearly 1,500 majors in 2010 and new majors are added so universities can stay current and competitive.

College students become experts at sleeping anywhere, eating ramen every day, finding free food on any given day, and functioning on minimal sleep.

What do you think is the most important skill someone should obtain after their college years? Please share in the comments and check out the infographic below presented by BestValueSchools.com to learn more.

The Real Value of College

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