Low tuition encourages career slackers?

The students whom I met during a brief stop at University of Wisconsin in Madison seemed to have chosen majors that aren’t very useful vocationally.  My friends who teach liberal arts at high-tuition schools in the Boston area report that their students are very focussed on getting into a high-paying career with an MBA or a law degree.  Two girls at U. of W. who stopped me to ask about Alex seemed like good examples of what happens when tuition is only around $3000/semester (in-state).  One was majoring in philosophy and headed for a Ph.D. program in philosophy.  The other was in women’s studies and headed for graduate school at UCLA in women’s studies.

Were these a statistical anomaly or is there a correlation between low tuition and students pursuing the intellectual life?

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