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South Dakota colleges, like Rapid City's SD School of Mines & Technology, are attracting more out-of-state students.
South Dakota colleges, like Rapid City's SD School of Mines & Technology, are attracting more out-of-state students.
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December 5, 2014

Regents Find College Grads Stick to South Dakota

Most graduates from South Dakota college stay in the state, a study by the South Dakota Board of Regents shows

The study found that more students come to South Dakota for their higher education than South Dakotans who leave for other states, the Rapid City Journal reports. About 30 percent of those who come from elsewhere remain in the state a year after receiving their diplomas, and 73 percent of South Dakotans are in the state a year later. 

In 2014, 2,693 college freshmen came to South Dakota from other states, including 1,103 from Minnesota and 410 from Iowa.

The study shows a reversal of a "brain drain" trend that dates back to at least the 1990s, regents officials said, when more students left South Dakota for college than came into the state. 

 

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