The annual American Freshman: National Norms survey says 57% of students choose schools 100 miles or less from home.
Forbes staffer Caroline Howard notes that nearly one-third of students attend in-state college, and some of the best schools in every state include Auburn University in Alabama, and Yale University in Connecticut. As college prices rise, staying in-state becomes a more appealing option for college prospects.
The savings come mostly in the form of in-state tuition at public colleges (an average $9,140 per year vs $23,000 for out-of-state public schools and $32,230 for private) and travel expenses such as gas, airfare and more. For many, there’s also a high emotional toll of homesickness when you’re far from a familiar corner of the country.