I’m a typical Silicon Valley college dropout-turned-entrepreneur. Don’t follow my example.
For decades, the conventional wisdom told young Americans that they should go to college, pretty much at all costs. A degree was the ticket to the American dream.
But as the number of people enrolling in college grew, the proportion of students actually earning a degree essentially stagnated. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, of students who started four-year programs in 2000, 57.5% graduated within six years. A decade later, only 59.8% of students who started their programs in 2010 graduated within six years.