Related article The Cross-Country Recruitment Rush

Every two years, a U.S. Education Department survey of colleges and universities collects information about the migration of new full-time students, based on their states of residence when they apply. Use this interactive tool to see these movements in detail during a 16-year period for nearly 1,600 institutions.

Hover over bars to see where students came from

Pennsylvania

New York

Massachusetts

Virginia

Indiana

North Carolina

Ohio

California

Illinois

Wisconsin

Alabama

Connecticut

Florida

South Carolina

Colorado

Rhode Island

Maryland

D.C.

Iowa

Missouri

Tennessee

Arizona

Minnesota

Utah

Georgia

Kentucky

Michigan

Oregon

New Hampshire

Texas

West Virginia

Louisiana

Washington

Vermont

Oklahoma

Arkansas

Kansas

Mississippi

Delaware

North Dakota

New Jersey

Idaho

Maine

Nebraska

South Dakota

Montana

New Mexico

Hawaii

Nevada

Alaska

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About this project

These figures come from the annual fall-enrollment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (Ipeds). In each even-numbered year, colleges are required to report the total number of first-time, full-time students by their states of origin.

The data presented cover only domestic enrollments originating from the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Students who applied from foreign countries and U.S. territories are not included.

These summary figures are only for colleges designated to be doctorate-granting, master’s, or baccalaureate institutions by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2008. The recent surge in distance-learning enrollments can skew state migration trends, so these state estimates do not include figures from private for-profit institutions with more than 1,000 new freshmen in 2008.

Also, because the 2010 data have not been through a final review, 2008 data are displayed instead.