7 Reasons to Make Finishing Your Degree a New Year’s Resolution

December 20, 2023

By Luke Woodling ’17MBA

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From increasing your earnings to advancing your career, here are seven of the many reasons why finishing your bachelor’s degree should be among your New Year’s resolutions in 2024.

1. You’re likely to earn more now …

Bachelor’s degree holders earn an average of $22,626 more per year than peers with some college but no degree and $19,288 more per year than associate’s degree holders, according to a report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.

2. … and in the future.

Bachelor’s degree holders earn $721,000 more in lifetime earnings than peers who have some college but no degree and $541,000 more than associate’s degree holders, according to that same report.

3. Orlando is overflowing with opportunity.

Orlando was ranked the No. 3 best city in the nation for jobs in 2023, according to a study by WalletHub, and The City Beautiful was also ranked the No. 1 mid-size city in the nation for the number of job openings by CareerBuilder. Don’t let all of the opportunity pass you by.

4. We offer the support you need to succeed …

The average class size in Rollins’ Professional Advancement programs is just 14 students and our student-faculty ratio is just 11:1. The result? You receive the personalized attention you need to thrive.

5. … and the flexibility to fit finishing your degree into your life.

Rollins’ Professional Advancement programs offer a hybrid model that combines the best of in-person and online learning as well as evening classes that start at 6 p.m. or later so you don’t need to rush to make it on time. You can also finish your degree at your own pace thanks to part-time and full-time tracks.

6. You can get the aid you need to advance.

More than 90 percent of Rollins Professional Advancement students receive financial aid to finish their degree, and the average annual aid package for Professional Advancement students with demonstrated need is more than $14,000. Bottomline: You can do this and we’re here to help.

7. We’ve made it easier than ever to apply to the No. 1 regional university in the South.

We’ve waived our application fee, we don’t require standardized test scores, and you’re guaranteed admission to Rollins’ Professional Advancement programs with a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA. Start an application today and make 2024 the year you got to work on finishing your bachelor’s degree.

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