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SUNY sees enrollment growth in-state, not elsewhere

As students return to SUNY colleges this month, they are more likely to find classmates from other parts of New York than other parts of the country.

The reason: Out-of-state students attending SUNY colleges has dropped significantly as the state has increased out-of-state tuition by as much as 84% since 2011, records reviewed by the USA TODAY Network found.

While the percentage of undergraduate students from New York rose 14% between 2014 and 2018, it dropped 7% percent among out-of-state students, SUNY officials said.

That bucks a national trend.

review by USA TODAY found 240 public universities across the country admitted fewer in-state students in 2017 than they did five years earlier.

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