College Out-Migration by State of Residence

Of those who leave their home state for college, where do they go? The diagram below displays the origin and destination (by state) of U.S. first-time undergraduates in fall 2014. Over 500,000 undergraduates enrolled in an out-of-state college in that year. The states with the largest number of students leaving include California (42,152 students or 8 percent of all leavers), New Jersey (35,542 students), and Illinois (33,973 students). Students who out-migrate typically travel to a nearby state. For example, among those who left New Jersey to attend college, 28 percent enrolled in a Pennsylvania college and 19 percent enrolled in a New York college.

U.S. Resident College Out-Migration by State: Fall 2014

 Author's calculations. Data retrieved from the IPEDS Data Center. The diagram displays college out-migration counts for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates in fall 2014. In-state enrollment counts are not presented. The data reflect U.S. residents and U.S. postsecondary institutions (i.e., 50 states and DC).

Author's calculations. Data retrieved from the IPEDS Data Center. The diagram displays college out-migration counts for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates in fall 2014. In-state enrollment counts are not presented. The data reflect U.S. residents and U.S. postsecondary institutions (i.e., 50 states and DC).