Numbers in the News

Rachel Alexander

45

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)

36

Percentage showing no significant gains after four years of college

$243,883

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

$153,800

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

$977,601

Average increase for a medical degree

$54 billion

Net worth of Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft (Source: Forbes.com)

$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)

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