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College recruiters aggressively go after out-of-state students

CU123CU123 3543 replies65 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
Chelsea Marsh spends most of her days networking with high school kids. As a regional recruiter, her job is to spread awareness about the University of Alabama, and the institution prides itself on customer service, Marsh said.
So, she mans a table at college fairs. She schedules meetings with high school counselors and individual students. She meets with parents and students at local coffee shops, for hours.

https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/investigations/2019/08/19/college-recruiting-enrollment-tuition-in-state/1628566001/
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  • Dave_BerryDave_Berry 492 replies2534 threadsCC Admissions Expert Senior Member
    "... More than 240 public universities across the country admitted fewer in-state students in 2017 than they did just five years earlier, and for 46 of those, the share of in-state students is down by at least 10%, according to a USA TODAY analysis of data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

    The data included public, four-year institutions offering baccalaureate degrees and above, not including military academies.

    At the University of Alabama, out-of-state enrollment increased by more than 28% from 2012 to 2017—and that was nothing compared to University of Maryland-University College’s 37% or Tennessee State University’s 41%." ...

    https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/investigations/2019/08/19/college-recruiting-enrollment-tuition-in-state/1628566001/
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  • PublisherPublisher 7783 replies80 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Maybe I misunderstand the 46 page chart included with this USA Today article, but about half of the 450 or so listed schools either had no increase in out-of-state students or had an increase of in-state students. For example, Georgia Tech increased in-state enrollment by almost 20% (19.11%) from 2012 to 2017. SUNY's Binghamton University & the College of Charleston are two other schools which have increased resident enrollment during the period examined. Seems like this article could have headlined the increase in resident enrollment rather than focusing on the state schools which increased non-resident enrollment.
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  • firmament2xfirmament2x 257 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @Publisher . . . I believe an inference was that there should have been a commensurate increase in in-state students with the increase in total students because of Tidal Wave II of high-school grads. There are articles that this wave would hit early in decade of the 2000s, but its highest points seemed to be sometime in the 2010s, with perhaps 2017 being at its apex.

    The chart doesn't list bottom numbers and just subtracts in-state-students' percentages of 2017 from 2012. Even if it's the same, i.e., 0%, the acceptance rate of in-state students presumably has decreased because of the increased number of applicants per above.

    Regarding UC, here's a quote from the USA Today article:
    The University of California system, for instance, had become well-known for its increasing selectivity and its skyrocketing population of students from other states and countries. The proportion of in-state freshmen at the University of California-Davis decreased by more than 20% from 2012 to 2017. In the latter year, public backlash prompted the state-run system’s regents to vote to cap the share of non-California students at 18%.

    This capped % is for the total nine (eight?) undergrad colleges within the UC. There are only two, UCLA and UC Berkeley, that will have >> 18% non-resident enrollment. Both universities' enrollment was 25-26% for nonresidents in 2018-19. Additionally, these two are the only campuses that have more domestic non-resident students than International non-resident ones.

    The others have more Internationals than domestics and sometimes on the order of 4:1. I believe UCSD had an undergrad enrollment of 10% of its students from China in 2018-19. And many of these transfer in to the University from California community colleges as the article stated.
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  • firmament2xfirmament2x 257 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited August 22
    @Publisher . . . actually atm, I have no idea where they come up with the % change.
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  • firmament2xfirmament2x 257 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited August 22
    Sorry, I'm multi-tasking with a tab open. But here's what they did, say for Alabama:
    The info they gave (edit:bad formatting),
    Alabama.......2012 In-state...........%In-State....................2017..............%In-State.......%Change
    ..................................2,846............................45%...........................2,406.................32%.................-28.89%

    Total Stu..............6,324...........................................................7,519 (based on %'s of in-staters)
    Number in 2017, if % stayed at 45% x 7,519.....................3384, Bottom Figure
    Sub 3,384 from 2,406.....................................................................-978, Top Figure
    Divide 3,384 into -978...................-28.9% decrease in in-state students for 2017.

    So the chart is basing shortage of in-state students generally on updated, increased enrollments, unless the college has purposely reduced enrollment, and there are a few -- hope they can keep their doors open. So a 0% increase would most likely mean the college hasn't kept up with the increased college-age eligibles for the current period. A slight positive would mean the same.

    edited August 22
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