Sunday, June 12, 2011

There be freshmen here

Both the PG and the AP look at college enrollment issues over the weekend.  PG focuses on the trends in out of state enrollment at state schools, while the AP at overall demographic trends impacting colleges and universities.  The thing is, they are both part of the same story.  Pennsylvania has historically been the largest net attractor of freshman college matriculants.  So the PG story really is just documenting a bit how state schools are following the trend of lots of the state's private schools which bring in students from elsewhere in the nation.

The PG only touches upon the debate over what it means to bring students into the state from elsewhere and whether or not they stay when they graduate. As Border-Guard-Bob-ish that issue is, it is a recurring theme. The only thing I can say for sure is that enough graduates must be sticking around for Pittsburgh to have one of the most educated workforces in the nation. Still an underappreciated factoid. If you are interested in more details on the aggregate enrollment trends at all Pittsburgh regional schools we have compiled that in an article here which has the region-wide stats on where freshman at all local colleges are coming from...

For what it is worth below is my quick list of the colleges and universities (those granting bachelors degrees or higher) ranked by the percentage of incoming freshman who come from Pennsylania.  The highest and lowest are listed below.  An excel file of the complete list of institutions I have online here


Anonymous PK said...

Chris, the Excel file link is broken.

Sunday, June 12, 2011 7:49:00 PM  

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