It seems as though having a college education these days doesn't even set you apart from the rest -- it just puts you on the same playing field.
Between that and the climbing cost of tuition each year, aspiring entrepreneurs and start-up hopefuls are considering another option altogether: not pursuing a college degree at all.
Though controversial, it's an option to consider in an era where the right connections, funding and work ethic can land the average Joe at the forefront of his own company overnight.
Just take these CEOs for example.
As founders and leaders of some of the most notable companies in the world (Facebook and Dell sound familiar?), these businessmen rose to the top and conquered their own empires -- all without a college degree.
Here are 14 CEOs who never graduated college:
Whether they started school and dropped out or began as entrepreneurs in their teen years (with no intention of ever attending a University) these CEOs are proof that success doesn't have to be accompanied by a degree.
Now, check out these must-read books written by top CEOs: