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A Minnesota native tells KSFY why she came to South Dakota for college

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A recent study by the South Dakota Board of Regents finds more students are coming to South Dakota colleges from out of state than leave here to go to college in other states.

Using the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education, the Board of Regents found in 2008, more than 2,100 freshman at South Dakota colleges were from out of state, while only a little more than 1,500 students left to go to school out of state.  It all adds up a net gain of about 570 students.

We visited a local college to find out what's attracting these young people.

Augustana College Junior Coral Hanson is from the Twin Cities area and while most of her friends went to college in Minnesota, she decided to come to South Dakota.  She says, "I'd been with all of these students for 12 years and I kinda wanted to start fresh."

Coral says the location attracted her, but also, the scholarships.  She says, "one thing that really attracted me to Augie is that it's affordable."

Some South Dakota schools like Augie can offer an affordable alternative to some out of staters like Coral. 

Augie President Rob Oliver says a lot more students than just coral are crossing the borders.  He says, "well at Augustana, 6 out of every 10 of our students come from out of state."

According to Oliver most of them come from Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and/or North Dakota.  He says they come to South Dakota for a good education and get hooked, saying, "the majority of our graduates stay here."

Oliver says attractive prospects after graduation bring students here as well, like the promise of good careers. 

And although Coral Hanson came here to get away from home, she likes that if she ever feels homesick, there's options.  She says, "it's far enough away from home that you feel separated, but you can always quick, jump back home."

The Board of Regents study also found that less high school students are graduating from South Dakota than in the past.  So colleges do need to attract out of state students more than ever.

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