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.