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Poll: Half of adults regret some part of college experience

By Eric DuVall
Graduating students celebrate at the 366th commencement at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., on May 25. About half of Americans who attended at least some college said they would change at least some aspect of their college choices. Photo by Matthew Healey/ UPI
Graduating students celebrate at the 366th commencement at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., on May 25. About half of Americans who attended at least some college said they would change at least some aspect of their college choices. Photo by Matthew Healey/ UPI | License Photo

June 1 (UPI) -- Half of all Americans who went to college said they would change at least one key aspect of their education, a poll released Thursday indicates.

According to Gallup's Education Consumer Pulse survey, 51 percent of Americans who pursued a postsecondary degree said they would change at least one of three things about college: the school they attended, their field of study or the type of degree they received.

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Of those three decisions, the most-regretted was a person's field of study, with 36 percent saying they would change it now if they could. That was followed by 26 percent, who said they would have chosen a different school and 12 percent who said they would have pursued a different kind of degree.

The study included people who attended some college but did not obtain a degree, along with graduates of technical and vocational programs, and those with associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and doctorates.

Despite the regrets expressed, a majority of people who completed a postsecondary degree program said they had a good experience. In each of the various degree groups, more than half of respondents strongly agreed they had a high-quality educational experience.

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The survey was based on nearly 90,000 interviews with adults age 18 to 65 conducted from June 29, 2016 to March 26. The margin of error varies depending on the individual's education level.

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