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Nov 8, 2015 11:03 AM

Number of in-state freshmen attending UNH on the decline

The Associated Press

DURHAM — For the third year in a row, the number of Granite State students entering the University of New Hampshire is on the decline.

Foster's Daily Democrat reports that only 39 percent of this year's UNH freshmen are in-state students. The percentage has declined steadily from 43 percent in 2013 and 41 percent in 2014.

Both Keene State College and Plymouth State University are in their second year of a drop in freshman in-state students. This fall, roughly 37 percent of first-year students at Keene State College were from New Hampshire, while Plymouth's incoming class measured about 50 percent in-state residents.

UNH officials cite the declining number of graduating high school students in New Hampshire as one possible explanation for the decline.

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