More Californians Than in the Past Go Elsewhere for College

Almost 40,000 freshmen in 2020 were Caifornians in another state.

August 8, 2022
(Cal State Northridge)

Almost 40,000 Californians left the state for higher education in 2020, a 27 percent increase from 2010 in the number of California freshmen going outside the state, The Sacramento Bee reported.

The Bee, based on Education Department data, reported about 16,500 students came from other states to become freshmen in California in 2020, about the same number as in 2010.

Four states -- Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho and Oregon -- enrolled more than 10 percent of their first-time students from California in 2020.

New York drew 3,000 freshmen from California to its colleges, more than any state except Arizona. Massachusetts attracted 2,200 students from California, more than all states except Arizona, New York, Oregon and Washington.

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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