Reports: Special


Student Migration (FYIU 07-2)

This issue of FYIU focuses on the inter-state migration of college-bound students from Indiana and contiguous states. This is an important topic, as the in- and out-migration of college-bound students has short- and long-term implications for the economic sustainability of institutions of higher education and the states in which they reside. This issue presents key arguments for and against states facilitating student migration, places these arguments within the context of the state of Indiana, and provides more descriptive information on the current migration patterns of students flowing in and out of Indiana.

Among the important findings in this report:

  • According to a national study, 21 percent of non-resident students stay in their native state after college graduation; in Indiana, only 11 percent of non-residents students are retained after graduation.

  • Indiana is one of the largest net importers of college-bound students. Only Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia have greater net gains in first-time college students due to patterns of migration.

  • Three of Indiana’s contiguous states—Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio—are net exporters of college-bound students. Indiana is one of the largest importers of students from these states, and Indiana consistently receives more students from these states than it supplies to them.

  • Kentucky, like Indiana, is a net importer of first-time students. Kentucky has consistently supplied Indiana with a disproportionately smaller share of first-year students that it has received from Indiana.

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