New Jersey is known for its “brain drain,” with more than 30,000 high school graduates heading out of state for college each year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And it’s not making up for the loss, as only about 4,000 out-of-state students head into New Jersey for college. This made New Jersey the state with the largest net loss of students in the nation last year.
By contrast, neighboring Pennsylvania, a much larger state with many more colleges, saw only 16,000 of its students leave for college. At the same time, it attracted close to 32,000 out-of-state students, many from New Jersey, giving it the largest net in-migration of students in the country.