Those of you who know me are familar with my college conspiracy rant . . . so I wont repeat it here. But here is a new twist:
Misidentified causes of complex symptoms is the bane of science. To identify college as the 'cause' of success in later life is to misidentify the cause. My feeling is that a person who has the discipline and brains to get through college is probably headed for success anyway!
So, my advice: save the money, join several service groups to get the social networks, get a job + subsidize your own experience. You'll be better off.