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  • Chris Curtice

The Curtis Index

Updated: Jan 8, 2021



• Average starting salary for college graduate: $50,566

-Concern about job options out of the gate


• Percentage of college graduates working a job that requires a degree: 62.1% o Worry about value of a degree


• Percentage of college graduates working a job related to their major: 27.3% o Anxiety over choosing the right major


• Underemployment of white college graduates: 3.8% o Worry about job availability • Median Salary of a MIT BS Graduate from the class of 2016: $80,000 o Considering the value of a more prestigious school


• Out of 2016 MIT Bachelor Graduates, three times as many listed the content of the job offer they accepted as -essential" to their choice as did salary o Having the freedom to choose a job I'd enjoy rather than scrounging for cash


• Out of class of 2016 MIT graduates, the median starting salary was 29.4% higher for Master's of Engineering graduates than it was for Bachelor's of Engineering graduates o Considering the necessity of a master's degree


• Percentage of 2016 MIT Bachelor's graduates working a job related to their major: 79.9% o Anxiety over choosing the right major


• Increase in median student loan debt at for-profit colleges over non-profit private colleges: 33% o Curiosity about for-profit colleges


• Percentage of total spending dedicated to marketing and recruitment at for-profit colleges: 22.7% •


Percentage of total spending dedicated to education at for-profit colleges: 17.2%



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