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PA Attracts College Students, But Getting Them To Stay After Graduation Is A Challenge

Lindsay Lazarski
Students head to class at the University of Scranton.

Across the state, students are wrapping up internships and summer jobs, signing up for fall classes and preparing for another school year at one of Pennsylvania's 200+ colleges and universities.

But once they graduate, how many of those students will stay in the area where they were educated?

Ten colleges in northeastern Pa. recently did a study looking at just that, and the results were a bit alarming. Only 27 percent of students plan to stay in the region, and a full 40 percent said they were sure that they wanted to leave and find employment elsewhere.

This migration is known as "brain drain," where the best and the brightest take their skills, college degrees and tax dollars elsewhere.

Read more of this report at the website of our partner Keystone Crossroads.