Verdict: Yes, Clark Kent has a college degree.
This is one of the easiest ones, for two reasons.
First, Clark Kent's profession as a journalist nearly requires it.
Perhaps in the Golden Age, when Superman was introduced, this was not the case. After all, in 1940 fewer than 5% of the U.S. adult population had college degrees. So, it's easy to imagine that in 1938, even a Great Metropolitan Newspaper didn't have the luxury of ONLY hiring college graduates as reporters. Perhaps they just looked for reporters who knew how to treat his editor-in-chief with the proper respect, had a snappy, punchy prose style, and were fast typists. But nowadays, only 11% of full-time journalists don't have a college degree, and it's pretty likely that Clark Kent isn't one of them.
|Lana Lang, however, MIGHT be one of them; |
because ain't nobody in comics stupider than Lana Lang.
Second, we've actually seen stories set during Clark's college days.
It's important to remember how little interest Golden Age comics had in character's backstories. Your planet blew up, you came to earth, were raised by foster parents, and then they promptly died so that you could move to the big city with a clear conscience to go adventuring. And all that took two, three pages, tops. The character's career began in medias res, with immediate action, setting forth what the hero was confronting and how he would overcome it. Whatever 'worldbuilding' there was went forward in time, not backwards.
|Pictured: immediate action.|
The Silver Age, well, now, that's a very different stories. THOUSANDS of very different story, in fact, as the Otto Binders of the world poured forth shiploads of ink on every conceivable aspect of every possible point in Superman's life and career. Superboy (the adventures of Superman when was a boy!) got his own title. There were Superbaby stories. Jimmy Olsen babysat little Kal-El on Krypton (don't ask). So naturally "Clark Kent's College Days" became a subject to explore:
|If your college doesn't have a working cannon, |
why even bother going there?
In fact, college is where SuperBOY became a SuperMAN!
|Ugh; the only thing I hate worse than the Silver Age is:|
all the ages that followed it.
|"Her story seems somewhat... FISHY!"|
|Lack of nerve was never one of John Byrne's failings.|