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Pros and cons of going out of state for college

A growing 43% of students move away from home for college. Of this, 60% of full-time enrolled students in private colleges decide to live in some type of college housing.

Deciding where to attend college is one of the most significant choices in a young adult’s life. One of the pivotal decisions within this choice is whether to attend an in-state institution or venture out of state. Both options come with their unique set of advantages and challenges. Here, we delve into the pros and cons of going out of state for college.


  1. Independence and Personal Growth:

   Moving out of state often means living away from family for the first time. This experience fosters independence and self-reliance as students navigate daily life, manage finances, and make decisions on their own. The challenges faced and overcome during this period can significantly contribute to personal growth and maturity.

  1. Broader Horizons and Diverse Perspectives:

   Attending college in a different state exposes students to new cultures, lifestyles, and viewpoints. This diversity can enrich the educational experience, broaden social networks, and foster more inclusive thinking. Students often gain a more comprehensive understanding of the world and develop a greater appreciation for different backgrounds and perspectives.

  1. Expanded Academic and Career Opportunities:

   Out-of-state colleges might offer programs and courses that are not available in local institutions. For instance, some universities have specialized programs renowned nationally or globally. Additionally, studying in a different state can open up unique internship and job opportunities, especially if the college is located in a hub for a particular industry.

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  1. New Environment and Experiences:

   A change in environment can be refreshing and exciting. Exploring a new city or state can provide numerous opportunities for adventure and discovery. Whether it’s the climate, landscape, or local culture, living in a different state can be a thrilling experience that adds to the overall college journey.


  1. Higher Costs:

   One of the most significant drawbacks of attending an out-of-state college is the increased cost. Out-of-state tuition fees are typically higher than in-state fees. Additionally, there are extra expenses related to travel, accommodation, and possibly higher living costs in a new city. These financial burdens can add up and may require taking on more student loans.

  1. Homesickness and Adjustment Issues:

   Being far from home can lead to feelings of homesickness, especially during the initial months. Adjusting to a new environment, making new friends, and establishing a support system can be challenging. The distance from family and familiar surroundings can sometimes feel overwhelming and may affect academic performance and mental health.

  1. Limited Visits Home:

   Traveling back home can be expensive and time-consuming, which means students might not be able to visit frequently. This can be particularly tough during holidays or family events. Missing out on these moments can be emotionally difficult and may lead to a sense of isolation.

  1. Complex Residency Requirements:

   Establishing residency in a new state can be a complicated process. For students who plan to stay in the state after graduation, this can impact their eligibility for in-state tuition rates and other benefits. Understanding and navigating these requirements can add an extra layer of complexity to the college experience.


Deciding to go out of state for college involves weighing various factors. While it offers opportunities for growth, diversity, and new experiences, it also comes with higher costs and potential emotional challenges. Ultimately, the decision should be based on individual preferences, financial considerations, and long-term goals. Careful planning and self-reflection can help ensure that the choice made aligns with one’s personal and academic aspirations.

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Bridget Lavelle
Bridget Lavelle, Reporter
Bridget Lavelle is currently a senior at Colonia High School. Lavelle is a competitive cheerleader and a member of the game team cheerleading squad. As well as sports, Lavelle is also involved with the student council as the Senior Class Vice President. Lavelle is a member of the National Honor Society as well as Rho Khappa, the Honor Society for Social Studies. Lavelle often hangs out with her friends and family and enjoys going to school and professional sporting events. Lavelle hopes to attend a 4-year college with a major in Engineering at the conclusion of her journey at Colonia High School.

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