Education: $1O,OOO Without Ulcers

It was only a matter of days before the big invasion, when some 150,000 graduating college seniors would fan out over the workaday U.S. in search of jobs. What kind of people would they turn out to be? This week, after interviewing deans, campus placement bureaus, business recruiters and seniors, FORTUNE gave an answer.

The class of '49, FORTUNE found, is a mature one (average age: 24). Seven out of ten male seniors are veterans, and three out of ten are married. "But it is in a different respect that the character of '49 is really extraordinary. For '49 ... has turned...

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