Education April 2019

Net Migration of First-Time Full-time College Students

Given that New Jersey offers top-tier K-12 education, the migration of New Jersey’s first-time college students is an integral component to the state’s innovation ecosystem. As such, a net loss in migration patterns signifies a loss in top-tier talent. Typically, two primary factors motivate the migration decisions for individuals ages 18-34: where to continue their postsecondary education and where to begin their careers.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in the fall of 2016, New Jersey experienced the largest net loss of first-time students both regionally and nationally, losing a net total of over 28,000 students. In comparison, regional leader Pennsylvania experienced a net gain of nearly 17,000 students.