Where Do Your State’s Freshmen Come From?

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Uncategorized

The Chronicle of Higher Education last month published an interesting piece about competition among universities for out-of-state students. 

Public universities across the country are engaged in an all-out war for out-of-state students. Deep cuts in support are driving the search for revenue, and in many states, a stagnating pool of local applications has pushed colleges to recruit broadly. The winners, like Arizona State, bring in higher out-of-state tuition and get to skim from a larger pool of prospective students.

They also posted several interactives to help tell the story, including maps and treemaps visualizing out-of-state students by campus (in this case for George Washington University): 

The interactive, created by Josh Keller and Alex Richards, also included bar charts showing the percentage of students from various states by campus, allowing users to navigate the data to find their own stories. Campuses in Washington, D.C., for example, had the highest proportion of students from outside. Texas had the lowest rate: 

Nice work, guys.

Data source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System