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We looked at thousands of academic degrees to see what graduates across the region earned in their first year out of school, along with what they owed in federal loans. English majors at the University of Pennsylvania took home $29,300 their first year after college, while rhetoric and composition majors at state college Shippensburg University made more, earning $36,500 right out of school. Both were beaten by new dental hygienists with a two-year associate’s degree from the Community College of Philadelphia, who made $47,900. These are some of the findings from an exclusive Inquirer online search tool that looks at thousands of academic degrees and what graduates across the region earned in their first year out of school along with what they owed in federal loans. It’s a new way for students and parents to see what they are paying for and assess their ability to repay loans.

College Snapshots

Faculty member, Debonair Oates-Primus, was recently selected as student commencement speaker for Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s December 14 graduate commencement ceremony. She will receive her doctoral degree in Literature and Criticism. Oates-Primus began teaching English at the College 11 years ago. Since then, she has helped to create the Diversity Certificate Program and played an integral role in the development of the new Black Studies major. She has also published her short stories in several magazines and journals. In an Interview with IUP News, Oate-Primus explained that she was motivated to “set an example of achievement” for her students of color. She believes “students need to see that people from their community can be successful even what they aren’t able to see it modeled around them.” Oates-Primus's graduation was celebrated by her students. She said when that when they found out she passed "Well, the students couldn’t wait. [She] walked into the classroom and they were all yelling congratulations and running up to hug [her]."

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