A Bachelor’s Degree After Age 25 Brings Health in Midlife, Study Finds

Older students, take note: Adults who earn a bachelor’s degree after age 25 are healthier in midlife than those who never attain a college degree, according to a new study by researchers at the University of South Carolina at Columbia. The study, led by Katrina M. Walsemann, of the university’s Arnold School of Public Health, found that adults who had no college degree at age 25 but who went on to earn one by midlife reported fewer depressive symptoms and enjoyed better overall health than adults who did not obtain a college degree by midlife. The study relied on data from 7,179 people who took part in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979. The findings were published in the March issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

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