About a third of parents will feel comfortable with their kids in a school under two hours away, and another third are fine with their student being 2-4 hours away. However, less than 20% would be comfortable with their student over six hours away.
One study of college distance from student’s home revealed that 72% of students attend college in their own state, and 86% are enrolled in a college in their region. [ii] It also revealed that students with lower SAT scores or lower family incomes tend to enroll in schools closer to home than their peers with higher scores or incomes. The pandemic may have shifted the trends towards keeping students closer to home, with uncertainties about travel top-of-mind for the
past couple of years.