A U.S. company that specializes in moving prices, how-to’s, and data has released a study that shows more American college students are moving away from home to attend school than at any time since George W. Bush was president — a compelling development in an era of virtual/remote learning.
HireAHelper’s study breaks down college relocation data to better understand where Americans are moving to attend college, as well as how likely they are to move out-of-state in pursuit of a college degree. The study also compares schools by how many out-of-state students they attract to determine which top-ranked colleges have the greatest pull by admission among applicants across the United States.
The resulting data shows that 4 in 10 (43%) Americans who began college in 2020 moved away from home, the highest rate since 2005; however, nationwide, only about 31% of all college students have left their home state to attend college. In 39 out of 50 states, more students attend college within their home state than attend out-of-state universities.
STATE WHERE STUDENTS ARE MOST LIKELY TO LEAVE: NEW HAMPSHIRE
HireAHelper found that over 2 million people enrolled in colleges and universities in the fall of 2020, a 13% decline compared to enrollment in 2019. However, the total percentage of newly enrolled students who relocated to go to college last year was 43% — a five-year high.
Among the study’s other key findings:
- Californians (17%) and Texans (20%) among least likely to go to college out-of-state
- People from New Hampshire are most likely to study out-of-state (75%)
- With exception of Washington D.C., institutions with the biggest out-of-state admissions are Dartmouth College (98%), Brown (95%), Yale (93%), MIT (93%), Notre Dame (92%), John Hopkins (90%)
- Average distance traveled by a student to study in a top 200 college is 293 miles
- Schools with the furthest pull are CalTech, MIT, and Stanford—students avg. more than 1,000 miles to attend
Read more about HireAHelper’s study on college student mobility here.