Meeting Different People: Public Universities with the Most Out-of-State Students

Figures exchanging partsWhen talking about where they want to go to college, most high schoolers do not include any schools in their hometown. After all, they want to get away, go somewhere new. It’s part of the college experience, leave home, meet new people, and hopefully learn a little from them.

Some colleges offer more opportunities to meet different people than others. In general, you wouldn’t expect state supported institutions to be focusing on out-of-state students. Of course, there some state institutions quite willing to take non-residents who are able to pay their own way. Some may welcome out-of-state students as part exchange agreements with other states. Others might be willing to provide some support to lure academically talented students to their institutions.

Based on 2010 data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), state residents on average account for 83% of the freshman class at state institutions compared to 51% at private colleges.?  Foreign students represent 2.1 of freshman at state universities compared to 3.8 for private ones. Smaller states are more likely to have a larger percentage of out-of-state students.

Percentage of State Residents in Freshman Class of Public Universities

Percentage of state residents in freshman class of public institutions

Having a lower percentage of state residents isn’t the same thing as having higher percentages of foreign students.

States with Highest Percentage of Foreign Students in Freshman Class of Public Universities

States with highest percentage of foreign students

Not surprisingly, the percentage of freshman at state institutions who are state residents is highest in some of the most populous states with Alaska being an understandable exception.

States with Highest Percentage of State Residents in Freshman Class at Public Universities

States with highest percentage on in-state students at public universities

The following table shows the 20 public universities (excluding the academies) with the highest percentage of non-residents in their freshman class.

 

States with highest percentage of state residents at public universities

The next two tables show the top 20 public universities for number and percentage of foreign students in the freshman class.

Public Universities with Largest Percentage of Foreign Students in Freshman Class

Public Universities with Largest Percentage of Foreign Students in Freshman Class

Public Universities with Largest Number of Foreign Students in Freshman Class

Public Universities with Largest Number of Foreign Students in Freshman Class

 

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