The potential applicant pool for colleges and universities is going to grow significantly in some states between now and 2014, according to data gathered by the National Center for Education Statistics. The center reports that the number of public high school graduates is expected to increase in 23 states over the next eight years. Further, all four major regions of the country will be graduating more high school students, but the real boom will be happening in the West and South regions.
The Western states* will experience a 17 percent jump, while the Southern states** will graduate 12 percent more high schoolers by 2014. Conversely, the growth in the Northeast and Midwest will be only 4 percent and 3 percent, respectively.
Some states will not come out ahead, though. NCES also reports that 23 states will experience no growth at all.
So, which individual states will have the most college-eligible graduates? NCES has compiled a list of the states with the biggest gains and largest losses. -J.M.A.