There are plenty of practical and theoretical reasons to decide NOT to pursue a college degree right after high school. College has become a standard rite of passage for a middle-class teenager, but this doesn’t mean you need to drop thousands of dollars and four years of your life just to fit in with the crowd. A few decades ago, the decision was a no brainer: if you had the means and the ability, you were foolish not to pursue this route. Period. The benefits so dramatically outweighed the costs that college was seen as a universally desirable ticket to a better life. But the job market and the culture have changed since that time. And now, a growing number of young people aren’t so sure.This is a complicated issue, and compelling evidence is mounting on both sides of the decision to enroll or find an alternative. In a future blog, we’ll explore some of the reasons why college might not represent the golden doorway that it once did, back when tuition costs were lower, standards for learning institutions were higher, and degree holders were a rarer sight on the job market. For now, we’ll discuss the reasons why—despite these problems—college is still a wise bet for most young people.