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Types of college play large part in graduates’ future

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Where college graduates end up after school has a lot to do with the type of colleges they attended, according to a study by EMSI, a research firm affiliated with the Strata Education Network.

The firm, in parnership with the Wall Street Journal, used data from 100 million online resumes and social profiles to determine where the graduates of 3,740 colleges and online programs ended up for jobs.

The study concluded that most community college graduates will stay within 300 miles of their alma mater, with 61 percent remaining within 50 miles.

State university graduates tend to stay within state lines, with most about 330 miles from the school.

Graduates of elite national schools or online programs showed the most geographic mobility.

According to an EMSI online summary of the data, elite school graduates usually went for jobs in large cities and traveled about 677 miles away from their schools. Online program graduates went all over the United States, with 60 percent more than 500 miles from the school’s central location.

The study also determined the states with the highest retention of their college graduates. The top five are, in order, Texas, California, Georgia, Washington and Florida.