Madeline Baker writes for the Martin Center about the likelihood that UNC System graduates will stay in North Carolina.
[A]fter earning a bachelor’s degree, nearly 80 percent of UNC graduates remain in North Carolina. Students make connections with professors and local employers, making it easier to get an in-state job.
Even after getting work experience for a few years, most graduates stay in-state. Four years after 2013-2014 UNC system students graduated, for instance, 66 percent of them remain in North Carolina.
Other college-educated adults also come to the Tar Heel state. Raleigh, in particular, is one of the biggest metro areas in the country for millennial college graduates—47 percent of its millennial population have a degree.