Percentage of First-Time Students at Public Four-Year Institutions Who Were State Residents, Fall 2004 and Fall 2014

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 2004 to 79% in fall 2014.

Figure 2016_22: Percentage of First-Time Students at Public Four-Year Institutions Who Were State Residents, Fall 2004 and Fall 2014

 Percentage of First-Time Students at Public Four-Year Institutions Who Were State Residents, Fall 2004 and Fall 2014

Notes & Sources 

NOTES: 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, 2004 and 2014; calculations by the authors.

  • In fall 2014, the percentage of first-time students at public four-year institutions who were state residents ranged from 34% in Vermont and 36% in Delaware to 92% in Alaska and New York and 94% in Texas.
  • Between 2004 and 2014, the percentage of students who were state residents declined the most in Oregon (from 78% to 63%) and Iowa (from 72% to 59%).
  • In eight states, the percentage of first-time students at public four-year institutions who were state residents increased between fall 2004 and fall 2014. The largest increases were 5 percentage points in Florida (from 82% to 87%) and Hawaii (from 64% to 69%).