Top 25 Colleges with Students Farthest from Home

The top 25 colleges below were determined as part of a larger Niche study of 350,000 high school graduates entitled “Going Away To College“.  The colleges are ranked based on the average distance that students travel to attend each college.  Click to view the full results of the study or the full methodology for determining the ranking.

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Here is the full list of schools along with links to each school’s profile on Niche:


1. Reed College

City
Portland, OR

Size
1,432

Out-of-State Students
91%

Average Distance
1,357

Students’ take: “Diversity has much more to do with where you are from and how you grew up, rather than race.”


2. United States Military Academy at West Point

City
Highlands, NY

Size
4,592

Out-of-State Students
94%

Average Distance
1,209

Students’ take: “Students come from all over the country.”


3. Stanford University

City
Stanford, CA

Size
7,063

Out-of-State Students
62%

Average Distance
1,095

Students’ take: “You will meet people from everywhere around the world.”


4. Rhode Island School of Design

Size
1,971

Out-of-State Students
96%

Average Distance
1,085

Students’ take: “A lot of people come from different parts of the world.”


5. Sarah Lawrence College

Size
1,420

Out-of-State Students
87%

Average Distance
1,066

Students’ take: “Sarah Lawrence is more diverse than people give it credit for.”


6. Berklee College of Music

City
Boston, MA

Size
4,447

Out-of-State Students
90%

Average Distance
1,054

Students’ take: “Students come from all over the world.”


7. Occidental College

Size
2,177

Out-of-State Students
58%

Average Distance
1,018

Students’ take: “This was definitely the most diverse campus of any school I visited.”


8. Harvard University

City
Cambridge, MA

Size
6,657

Out-of-State Students
85%

Average Distance
1,016

Students’ take: “There are students from all over and everyone is pretty respectful.”


9. United States Air Force Academy

Size
4,120

Out-of-State Students
91%

Average Distance
1,014

Students’ take: “Cadets are appointed from every state and many foreign countries.”


10. Colorado College

Size
2,004

Out-of-State Students
83%

Average Distance
1,004

Students’ take: “Racial diversity represents the diversity of America well.”


11. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

City
Cambridge, MA

Size
4,503

Out-of-State Students
92%

Average Distance
977

Students’ take: “I have met students from at least 15 different countries.”


12. Wellesley College

City
Wellesley, MA

Size
2,482

Out-of-State Students
89%

Average Distance
976

Students’ take: “While it is a single-sex institution, Wellesley draws students from all 50 states and over 83 different countries of birth.”


13. Lewis & Clark College

City
Portland, OR

Size
2,149

Out-of-State Students
88%

Average Distance
973

Students’ take: “I like having friends from all over the country, so it’s diverse in that respect.”


14. Yale University

City
New Haven, CT

Size
5,405

Out-of-State Students
95%

Average Distance
973

Students’ take: “At Yale University, there are people from almost every state and many countries.”


15. Dartmouth College

City
Hanover, NH

Size
4,193

Out-of-State Students
98%

Average Distance
968

Students’ take: “Basically, the demographic situation is ideal.”


16. Brown University

Size
6,436

Out-of-State Students
98%

Average Distance
959

Students’ take: “If this campus were a dog, it’d be a mutt.”


17. Amherst College

City
Amherst, MA

Size
1,817

Out-of-State Students
88%

Average Distance
934

Students’ take: “There are students from all over the country.”


18. Middlebury College

Size
2,516

Out-of-State Students
95%

Average Distance
879

Students’ take: “There are a lot of different people from a lot of different places.”


19. Columbia University

City
New York, NY

Size
7,814

Out-of-State Students
83%

Average Distance
849

Students’ take: “Columbia accepts a very considerable amount of students from various backgrounds.”


20. Oberlin College

City
Oberlin, OH

Size
2,930

Out-of-State Students
93%

Average Distance
836

Students’ take: “You’ll meet a wide range of people.”


21. Tulane University

Size
8,357

Out-of-State Students
87%

Average Distance
835

Students’ take: “Tulane boasts great geographical diversity.”


22. United States Naval Academy

City
Annapolis, MD

Size
4,536

Out-of-State Students
93%

Average Distance
835

Students’ take: “There is at least one person from every state and every ethnicity.”


23. Eckerd College

Size
2,337

Out-of-State Students
81%

Average Distance
833

Students’ take: “If you want all walks of life, come to Eckerd.”


24. University of Puget Sound

City
Tacoma, WA

Size
2,582

Out-of-State Students
79%

Average Distance
830

Students’ take: “We get a lot of people from Hawaii.”


25. Vassar College

Size
2,406

Out-of-State Students
74%

Average Distance
820

Students’ take: “There are a lot of kids from all over the world.”