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More Students Looking to Out-of-State Colleges Eager for Their Tuition

By Caralee J. Adams — October 31, 2011 1 min read

High school students applying to colleges this fall are often looking beyond the borders of their home states. More students are migrating to out-of-state schools, and colleges are eager for their fatter tuition checks.

An article today in the Chronicle of Higher Education examines the trend and provides an interactive map where you can search by college or by state. Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts top the list for attracting the most out-of-state freshmen. The University of Maryland was the most popular in-state school, with 67 percent of freshmen coming from Maryland.

Why are more students going out of state?

Public universities are in “an all-out war for out-of-state students,” according to the Chronicle. “Deep cuts in support are driving the search for revenue, and in many states, a stagnating pool of local applications has pushed colleges to recruit broadly.”

The mindset has also changed among students. More are willing to travel to go to school and they are applying to multiple schools looking for the best educational options.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the College Bound blog.