Numbers in the News

Rachel Alexander


Percentage of undergraduate college students who showed no significant gains in critical thinking skills after two years in college in a recent study (Source: The Seattle Times)


Percentage showing no significant gains after four years of college


Average lifetime earnings increase from a bachelor’s degree in the liberal arts (Source:


Cost of four years of Whitman tuition at current tuition levels without financial aid


Average increase for a medical degree

$54 billion

Net worth of Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft (Source:

$6.9 billion

Net worth of Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook

$6.1 billion

Net worth of Steve Jobs, founder and CEO of Apple

$4.1 billion

Estimated value of Twitter, co-founded by Biz Stone (Source: Wall Street Journal)


Number of non-honorary college degrees held by these four men