New York: A Magnetic Locale for College Goers
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are over 30 million individuals amidst the ages of eighteen to twenty four years in the nation, and it comes as no surprise that the state of New York accounts for the third prime population of this particular age demographic. New York has the tendency to allure America’s youth and students from around the globe as if some force of magnetism. The Big Apple, New York’s largest Metropolitan area, attracts budding entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and actors in hopes of making it big. New York’s several prestigious SUNY schools scattered across the state from Albany to Buffalo to Stony Brook, offer an abundance of programs and fields of study. New York’s schools have 60% average graduation rate, the 15th highest in the nation. The state’s emergence of young professionals are simply drawn to the ambience of its many urban and modernized cities to the atypical upstate schools branded for Greek life, football tailgates, and snow sports.
New York schools have the fifth highest retention rate of first-time college freshman in the nation correlated with the high satisfaction rates of students enrolled in New York higher education institutions. More than 80% of college freshman return for their second year, remaining in New York. The state’s 307 Title IV degree granting colleges and universities satisfy an assortment of personalities and very different individuals. Two of the several Ivy League Institutions, Columbia and Cornell, are located within New York’s borders. NYU and Syracuse are other highly regarded schools. However, the facet of New York that accrues such a wealth of young people is its blossoming opportunities. This is evident in the state’s import to export ratio of college students. The migration of first-time freshman to the state of New York from other states is greater in comparison to first-time freshman attending school out of state. 1,001,690 total undergraduates enrolled in New York colleges in the fall semester of 2009, compared to the country’s average of 320,000 first year undergraduates per state, New York transcends them all. Post secondary schools within the Empire State award over 122,000 Bachelors Degrees, 67,000 Master’s and nearly 10,000 Doctorate Degrees each year.
In conjunction with New York’s City’s cosmopolitan culture that lures in passionate young adults, eager to start their lives in a face paced, exciting environment, students have the option of retreating to the state’s northern assortment of colleges, perhaps for some snowboarding and an equally valuable education. Local and regional businesses who reach out to college students in New York have the ultimate opportunity to create consumption initiatives and long-term consumers out of the state’s blooming population of young professionals and college graduates.
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