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Your guide to salaries, GSU football, the gay scene, college radio and more ...

Contrary to Pink Floyd, we do need an education. College kids need a damn good one at that, considering today's vile economic climate — not to mention rampant tuition hikes and limited job prospects (sorry, guys!). To help put things in perspective, Creative Loafing University takes on a handful of Atlanta's top schools, studying everything from the demoralizing to the uplifting. Did you know that fresh-faced Georgia Tech grads will likely rake in $57,300 right out of college? Clearly we're in the wrong business.

Speaking of funds, or lack thereof, CLU investigates how local colleges are dealing with budget constraints, the result of enormously diminished state funding ... to the tune of $600 million. But the future's not all bad. We also celebrate the newly minted GSU football team (well, that's exciting for some of you), which is gearing up to take on Shorter College in its inaugural game at Georgia Dome on Sept. 2. And hey, considering that Atlanta colleges produced the likes of Spike Lee, the Indigo Girls, Ludacris and Jimmy Carter, there's some hope for you college kids, right?

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