Education

30 public colleges with the most out-of-state freshmen

Posted April 18

Foster Auditorium and Malone-Hood Plaza at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Credit: Ttownfeen/Wikipedia)

Since the beginning of the recession in 2008, funding for the country's public universities has experienced a significant decline.

In its April 2016 Lincoln Project study, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences reported that states reduced financial support to top public research universities by close to 30 percent. One way for public schools to subsidize this loss of funding is to admit a higher percentage of out-of-state students, who pay higher tuition prices than in-state students.

With this in mind, StartClass found the 30 public colleges with the lowest percentage of in-state freshmen students using data from the 2014-15 academic year provided by the National Center for Education Statistics. For this list, StartClass focused on large universities, so only schools with at least 15,000 undergraduate students were included.

Universities are ranked according to their percentages of in-state students. StartClass also lists the percentage of out-of-state students, international students and students of unknown residency. Seven schools on the list had 50 percent or fewer of its freshmen class made up of in-state students, including three schools in the south: the University of Alabama, University of Mississippi and University of South Carolina-Columbia. In the event of ties, the school with the higher undergraduate enrollment was ranked higher on the list.

Note: Due to rounding issues with the data reported to the NCES, not all freshmen class percentages will add up to 100.

#30. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

In-state: 64 percent
Out-of-state: 29 percent
International: 6 percent
Unknown: 1 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 34,351
Acceptance rate: 45.4 percent

#29. University of Connecticut

In-state: 63 percent
Out-of-state: 32 percent
International: 5 percent
Unknown: 0 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 18,395
Acceptance rate: 50 percent

#28. University of Kansas

In-state: 62 percent
Out-of-state: 34 percent
International: 4 percent
Unknown: 0 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 19,343
Acceptance rate: 91.4 percent

#27. Mississippi State University

In-state percentage: 61 percent
Out-of-state percentage: 38 percent
International percentage: 1 percent
Unknown percentage: 0 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 16,536
Acceptance rate: 71 percent

#26. Clemson University

In-state: 61 percent
Out-of-state: 39 percent
International: 0 percent
Unknown: 0 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 17,260
Acceptance rate: 51.5 percent

#25. Boise State University

In-state: 61 percent
Out-of-state: 36 percent
International: 3 percent
Unknown: 0 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 19,333
Acceptance rate: 77 percent

#24. University of Kentucky

In-state: 61 percent
Out-of-state: 37 percent
International: 3 percent
Unknown: 0 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 22,223
Acceptance rate: 72.2 percent

#23. Northern Arizona University

In-state: 61 percent
Out-of-state: 37 percent
International: 2 percent
Unknown: 1 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 23,328
Acceptance rate: 81 percent

#22. University of Missouri-Columbia

In-state: 61 percent
Out-of-state: 37 percent
International: 3 percent
Unknown: 0 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 27,642
Acceptance rate: 77.7 percent

#21. Auburn University

In-state: 60 percent
Out-of-state: 39 percent
International: 1 percent
Unknown: 0 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 20,629
Acceptance rate: 83.5 percent

#20. University of Wisconsin-Madison

In-state: 60 percent
Out-of-state: 35 percent
International: 6 percent
Unknown: 0 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 30,694
Acceptance rate: 56.9 percent

#19. Iowa State University

In-state: 58 percent
Out-of-state: 37 percent
International: 5 percent
Unknown: 0 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 28,893
Acceptance rate: 86.9 percent

#18. University of Arizona

In-state: 58 percent
Out-of-state: 38 percent
International: 3 percent
Unknown: 1 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 32,987
Acceptance rate: 74.6 percent

#17. Arizona State University-Tempe

In-state: 58 percent
Out-of-state: 32 percent
International: 10 percent
Unknown: 0 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 39,961
Acceptance rate: 84.3 percent

#16. Miami University-Oxford

In-state: 57 percent
Out-of-state: 37 percent
International: 6 percent
Unknown: 0 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 15,813
Acceptance rate: 65.8 percent

#15. Indiana University-Bloomington

In-state: 57 percent
Out-of-state: 34 percent
International: 5 percent
Unknown: 0 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 36,419
Acceptance rate: 76.1 percent

#14. University of Oklahoma-Norman

In-state: 56 percent
Out-of-state: 40 percent
International: 0 percent
Unknown: 3 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 21,011
Acceptance rate: 81.3 percent

#13. University of Colorado Boulder

In-state: 56 percent
Out-of-state: 38 percent
International: 6 percent
Unknown: 0 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 26,557
Acceptance rate: 84.2 percent

#12. Pennsylvania State University

In-state: 56 percent
Out-of-state: 33 percent
International: 11 percent
Unknown: 1 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 40,541
Acceptance rate: 50.3 percent

#11. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

In-state: 55 percent
Out-of-state: 41 percent
International: 4 percent
Unknown: 0 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 28,395
Acceptance rate: 32.2 percent

#10. Purdue University

In-state: 53 percent
Out-of-state: 29 percent
International: 17 percent
Unknown: 2 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 30,237
Acceptance rate: 59.3 percent

#9. University of Arkansas

In-state: 52 percent
Out-of-state: 47 percent
International: 2 percent
Unknown: 0 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 21,836
Acceptance rate: 62 percent

#8. University of South Carolina-Columbia

In-state: 50 percent
Out-of-state: 49 percent
International: 0 percent
Unknown: 1 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 24,866
Acceptance rate: 65.2 percent

#7. University of Oregon

In-state: 47 percent
Out-of-state: 41 percent
International: 12 percent
Unknown: 0 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 20,599
Acceptance rate: 74.9 percent

#6. University of Iowa

In-state: 47 percent
Out-of-state: 41 percent
International: 12 percent
Unknown: 0 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 22,354
Acceptance rate: 80.9 percent

#5. University of Mississippi

In-state: 44 percent
Out-of-state: 55 percent
International: 1 percent
Unknown: 0 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 18,101
Acceptance rate: 81.2 percent

#4. West Virginia University

In-state: 44 percent
Out-of-state: 51 percent
International: 5 percent
Unknown: 0 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 22,563
Acceptance rate: 85.8 percent

#3. University of Maryland-University College

In-state: 40 percent
Out-of-state: 56 percent
International: 3 percent
Unknown: 0 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 35,154
Acceptance rate: Not available

#2. University of Delaware

In-state: 36 percent
Out-of-state: 62 percent
International: 2 percent
Unknown: 0 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 18,951
Acceptance rate: 67.8 percent

#1. University of Alabama

In-state: 36 percent
Out-of-state: 62 percent
International: 1 percent
Unknown: 0 percent

Undergraduate enrollment: 30,752
Acceptance rate: 51 percent

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