Friday College Town Hall

In Friday College Town Hall, we post a question about college, and you leave an answer in the comment field.

Today’s question:

Lynn O’Shaughnessy of The College Solution recently blogged about these statistics:

According to an annual UCLA survey of freshman, only 15.5% of freshman attend schools more than 500 miles away. Nationwide, 73% of students attend their own state schools.

Should more students try looking for colleges outside of their states? Do the advantages of staying in-state outweigh the advantages of  going out of state?

Have a thought or an answer? Leave a reply below.

We’ve also asked our @Cappex Twitter followers to chime in! Here’s what people are saying on Twitter:

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  1. elisa says:

    For me I’m going to school out of state. Personally if i was going to school in New Jersey i would feel like i would want to go home more often. Going out of state can give students the option of a full college experience instead of going home every weekend

  2. Alexis says:

    I went to school out of state. I am from Connecticut and I go to school at Texas A&M. It is hard, I won’t lie. I miss my family like crazy but I am glad I got here. This was my reach/dream school. You can still call and skype your family everyday but if I was given the option I would not go to a school in New England I love it here. You need to know for sure that you want to be out of state. It is hard especially when all of your new friends are like ‘I miss home’ and they can go home any weekend. It is also hard when thanksgiving comes. I won’t be going home this Thanksgiving, but I made friends who invited me to come home with them.
    I’m not trying to discourage anyone, I am actually for people leaving home. Experience school outside of your state. I have a lot of friends who stayed in Connecticut and I know that they are going to live there for the rest of their lives. Go out and see the world even if it is something as simple as leaving your state for the next one over. If you don’t like it in a year, go back home, transfer.
    It is cheaper in state and maybe that is why a lot of people stay home but if you have the option go out of state.

  3. Jordan says:

    I am from Michigan but I am going to school in New Jersey and I enjoy it. I did not have much money to spend on school, but I knew what I wanted to do for my major. Looking for an in state school for me was less important than looking for a school that had a well respected program for my major. Look for a good school for you, then look at how much it costs, and weigh the pros and cons. Also, scholarships are available often, along with grants and financial aid. This ultimately helped me make my choice as my financial aid package made my out of state tuition become about equal to what my in state tuition would have been.

  4. Cricket Garancosky says:

    Honestly – go where you want! It might actually be cheaper to go out of state!

  5. Brett says:

    I live in california, dont go home except for holidays, no way I’m leaving cali though!

  6. Erin says:

    I go to school 16 miles away from home at a small, private liberal arts college. Though I looked mostly at schools 100-200 miles away, I ended up much closer than I planned. I think ultimately the school itself in terms of atmosphere and academics matters most, moreso than the distance away from home.

  7. Ashley says:

    Im looking to go to college out of state not that it won’t be hard nothing in life is suppossed to be eay. Its a chance for me to be on my own and if being away from family to focus more and studies and experience what life has to offfer its worth being a little more pricey. Going to college in state is back up plan but im putting all my energy into plan A, besides if you stay in one place you are going to eventually want to branch out, so I think going out of state is the best for anyone not wanting to stay too close to that security net of home. We have to grow up and function in the real world sooner or later.

  8. Rocio says:

    Here in the state of Nevada, the Millenium Scholarship is one the biggest reason most Nevadans choose to stay in state. We get almost a $1000 per sememster for staying in state, as long as we maintain the 2.5 GPA of course. Not to mention, Nevada’s in-state tuition is relevately cheap at any Nevadan institution you go to.

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