College Applicants Avoid Entire States for Political Reasons

A new survey shows that one-in-four college applicants decided against applying to a school this year solely because of the politics in its state. The finding, long rumored in college admissions circles, has implications for some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions. 

Tulane University in Louisiana, Stanford in California, Rice in Texas, Columbia in New York, and the University of Miami all pride themselves on assembling a class from large pools of applicants drawn from every state. In the public sector, the University of Alabama counts on out-of-state admissions for revenue, enrolling nearly three-fifths of its students outside its borders.  

Nevertheless, many conservative and liberal applicants ruled out those schools, along with their states, because of partisan politics.   

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