Originally Posted by Free To Canoe
There are many who think they are smart enough not to need college. Of course this is a different story. One of misguided youth ususally.
I think it depends on the career path.... I've worked with many computer programmers and they've ranged in experience from self-taught to philosophy majors to comp sci grads to one guy, the smartest of the bunch, that was pursuing post-grad theoretical physics before he decided he wanted to be a computer programmer instead.
In that profession (mine), a degree certainly helped, but more in an 'open doors, check off on the list of requirements HR was given' than in any measure of skill or aptitude. In fact, I think I'd go so far as to say that the most valuable part of my college degree was the 8 month co-op, 4 month internship, and three years in a part-time workstudy job as a programmer that most benefited me. I say this even though I fully knew I wanted to be a computer programmer and not a computer scientist and so I structured my degree as such (very little advanced math, quite a few independent or directed studies).
I would agree that a college degree is certainly more helpful in plenty of other fields (many of the engineering professions for example). And, frankly, even in my field, especially if the goal was to be a computer scientist and not just an IT schlub.