A recent Georgetown University study found people with bachelor's degrees make 84 percent more over a lifetime than high school graduates. Ohio Northern University is proud of it's graduate employment rate, and is helping students find their career as early as orientation.
Most incoming freshman like Keith Harvey are anxious and excited to start their college career.
"I'm a little bit nervous," said Harvey.
But Harvey isn't nervous about one thing - being undecided coming in to school.
"You should come in with an open mind. I mean now is the time you find out what you like. Things could change," said Harvey.
At ONU, orientation leaders as well as faculty and staff work to make the transition easy for new students. Leaders talk to them about campus life and advisers help them register for classes.
"We work very closely with them to help them make those decisions. Most students come in undecided even though they may have declared a major," said Vice President of ONU Enrollment Management Lawrence Lesick.
The average tuition debt at ONU is $48,000, but Lesick says those costs will pay off in the end.
"For the class that graduated in 2011, within 6 months, 94 percent were either working or in graduate or professional school.
Incoming freshmen say they understand the value of a college degree in a tough economy, but Harvey says the expense shouldn't rule every decision you make in college.