Where Does Your Freshman Class Come From?

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Every two years, a U.S. Education Department survey of colleges and universities collects information about the migration of new full-time students, based on their states of residence when they apply. Use this interactive tool to see these movements in detail during a 16-year period for nearly 1,600 institutions.

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Where are new freshmen from?

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Washington Oregon California Arizona New Mexico Texas Idaho Montana Wyoming Nevada Utah Colorado North Dakota South Dakota Nebraska Kansas Oklahoma Minnesota Iowa Missouri Arkansas Louisiana Wisconsin Illinois Alaska Indiana Kentucky Michigan Tennessee Mississippi Alabama Ohio Pennsylvania New York Hawaii Georgia Florida South Carolina North Carolina Virginia West Virginia Vermont New Hampshire Maine Connecticut Massachusetts Rhode Island New Jersey Delaware Maryland Washington, D.C. State Unknown




The chance that any two U.S. freshmen at this college came from different states in 2010.


Larger rectangles represent more new in-state students.

Colors show how in-state enrollment changed from 2006 to 2010:
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About this project

These figures come from the annual fall-enrollment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (Ipeds). In each even-numbered year, colleges and universities are required to report the total number of first-time, full-time students by their states of origin.

The data presented cover only domestic enrollments originating from the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Students who applied from foreign countries and U.S. territories are not included. At the institutional level, data are available for nearly 1,600 colleges and universities considered to be doctorate-granting, master’s, or baccalaureate institutions by the basic classification of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2008. Institutions reporting fewer than 100 domestic, full-time freshmen between 1994 and 2010 are not shown. Data for a given year are displayed only if more than 20 students were enrolled.

The 2010 data shown for institutions should be considered preliminary. Final statistics for each institution will not be available until next year. Because the 2010 data have not been through a final review, they are not shown in aggregate at the state level.