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ERIC Number: ED529674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Most Connecticut Students Choose Connecticut Colleges. Report
Connecticut Department of Higher Education (NJ1)
Preliminary data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) show that 25,268 Connecticut residents graduating from high school (both public and private) in 2004 enrolled as freshmen in U.S. colleges in fall 2004. Of those, 14,533 (58%) entered a Connecticut college, while the other 10,735 enrolled elsewhere. The 58 percent in-state retention rate in 2004 compares to rates of 54 percent in 2002, 52 percent in 2000, and 47-49 percent during the 1990s. Almost everywhere in the U.S. In 1996, 1998, and 2000, at least one Connecticut resident freshman enrolled in every state and D.C.; in 2002, they went to all but South Dakota; and in 2004, they went everywhere except the two Dakotas and Nebraska. On average, Connecticut resident freshmen enter about 840 colleges a year, or about one-fourth of all U.S. colleges. Most of them, however, stay close to home. As noted, 58 percent of Connecticut resident freshmen in 2004 stayed in Connecticut. Another 21 percent enrolled in the three adjacent states; 10 percent matriculated in five nearby states, and the remaining 12 percent went elsewhere in the U.S. The partial stemming of the "brain drain" (i.e., a smaller share of Connecticut resident freshmen leaving the state) is good news, as is the fact that most emigres do not stray far from Connecticut and thus may return to the state and contribute to its economy after completing college. (Contains 5 tables, 2 figures and 3 endnotes.)
Connecticut Department of Higher Education. 61 Woodland Street 3rd Floor, Hartford, CT 06105. Tel: 860-947-1800; Fax: 860-947-1310; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Department of Higher Education
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut