As you look around you, initially you may get the feeling that a university education is a thing of the past. You´re bombarded by images of Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Rachel Ray, and Richard Branson among others. The reality is that these are outliers, they are the minority, and as such they receive all the attention. Paradoxically, in order to work for them you are probably going to be asked for a college education. If you are unsure a college degree is for you, here are some compelling reasons from SIU´s Madrid Undergraduate Advisor, José Pinto. ### Four reasons to earn a college degree: 1. **You will have more and better job opportunities:** According to a study conducted by Georgetown University, of the 2.9 million ‘good jobs’ with salaries starting at $ 53,000 per year plus benefits, offered in the US since 2010, 97% of these were given to college graduates. 2. **Earn more:** The average income differential continues to increase between those with a college degree and those without one. Despite the large increase in the number of graduates between 1980 and 2013, the differential in the US increased from 33% to 62%. 3. **You’ll adapt better:** The only certainty is that the future will require lifelong learning throughout your working life. There is nothing better for the advent of the learning society, than the experience and discipline provided by a university framework. 4. **You’ll live longer:** There are several studies that confirm a correlation between level of education and life expectancy. A higher level of education is associated with better habits and even a longer life expectancy. Companies today need to hire people who can hit the ground running and start contributing from day 1, a good college education will allow you to do that and more.