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WVU freshman class 55 percent out-of-state

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The most recent incoming class of West Virginia University freshmen has a higher percentage of out-of-state students than the past four years, according to unofficial numbers from the Registrar’s Office.

The class of 2019 is made up of 55.2 percent out-of-state students and 47.2 percent in-state students.

 The class of 2016—students who are now seniors at the University—came in at an almost even split of 50.5 percent out-of-state students and 49.5 in-state. The classes of 2017 and 2018 had more in-state than out.

Using land granted by the federal government through the Morrill Act of 1862, WVU became a land-grant University and later the flagship University of the state.

Out-of-state enrollment is larger for the University as a whole—49 percent residents versus 51 percent non-residents—according to a fact sheet provided by WVU.

Comparatively, Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, has only 18.2 percent out-of-state students…

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