With the nationwide student debt toppling out of control, the question on many people’s minds seems to be “Is college worth it?” The problem, it appears,
is that college-bound students don’t seem to be asking themselves this ever pressing question. Earlier this year, UCLA released a study that shows that
American college freshmen consider themselves “above average” in many key areas. This could be causing more students to take out larger loans when deciding
on which college to attend, only adding further to the nation’s massive student loan debt.
Over 9 million students have taken the American Freshmen Survey over the past 47 years, and the data stretches back to 1966. The survey asks college
freshmen to compare themselves to their peers. Since the 1960s, there have been dramatically more students who rate themselves as above average in the
areas of academic ability, drive to achieve, mathematical ability, and self-confidence.