Percentage of First-Time Students at Public Four-Year Institutions Who Were State Residents, Fall 2006 and Fall 2016

The percentage of first-time public four-year college students who were residents of the states in which they were enrolled declined from 83% in fall 2006 to 78% in fall 2016.

Figure 23: Percentage of First-Time Students at Public Four-Year Institutions Who Were State Residents, Fall 2006 and Fall 2016

Notes & Sources 

NOTE: Four-year institutions include only those institutions where more than 50% of degrees/certificates awarded are bachelor’s degrees or higher. 

SOURCES: NCES, IPEDS Fall Enrollment data, 2006 and 2016; calculations by the authors.

  • In fall 2016, the percentage of first-time students at public four-year institutions who were state residents ranged from 33% in Vermont and 37% in Delaware to 92% in Alaska and New York and 94% in Texas.
  • Between 2006 and 2016, the percentage of students who were state residents declined the most in Mississippi (from 69% to 53%) and in Oregon (from 75% to 61%).
  • In seven states, the percentage of first-time students at public four-year institutions who were state residents increased between fall 2006 and fall 2016. The largest increases were 7 percentage points (from 69% to 76%) in Utah and 2 percentage points (from 69% to 71%) in Hawaii.