There's a great debate about whether or not college is actually worth it. It feels like everyone has their own take on it.

Growing up I was always told that I had to go to college. It gets instilled in you from elementary school all the way through high school. Once you graduate, you then further your education in college.

It wasn't until I got into the "real world" that I learned not everyone needs to or is expected to go to college.

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While you're likely to hear about how you need to go to college, nobody tells you what majors are actually worth it. After all, if you're spending all this money on a degree it better be worth it in the end. did a report on the most and least lucrative college majors in New Jersey. The study looks at the median salary of college majors 3 years after graduation.

Below are the 5 least lucrative college majors:

1️⃣ Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences ($17,565)

2️⃣ Theological and Ministerial Studies ($21,990)

3️⃣ Visual and Performing Arts, General ($25,870)

4️⃣ Dance ($26,878)

5️⃣ Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft ($27,703)

Now it's important to note that not everyone who majors in these fields will have this problem. There are opportunities in these fields. They just have the lowest median salary.

You'll just need to ask yourself the question; Is money the end-all be-all?

If so, maybe a different major would be the right path.

If not, working a job you love could trump any monetary value.

New Jersey high school graduation rates

The lists below show 4-year graduation rates for New Jersey public schools for the 2020-21 school year. The statewide graduation rate fell slightly, from 91% in 2019-20 to 90.6%.

The lists, which are sorted by county and include a separate list for charter schools, also include a second graduation rate, which excludes students whose special education IEPs allow them to qualify for diplomas despite not meeting typical coursework and attendance requirements.

Columns with an asterisk or 'N' indicate there was no data or it was suppressed to protect student privacy.

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The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5's Kyle Clark. Any opinions expressed are his own.

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The 30 best rated schools in New Jersey

Here are the top 30 schools statewide, based on their 2021-2022 New Jersey School Performance Reports — involving scores for language arts, math and attendance. (For an explanation of how the state calculates the "accountability indicator scores" and overall rating for each school, see page 90 of this reference guide.)

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