Study: High achievers pick colleges farther from home

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The smarter your kid, the farther from home he or she may go to college.

The higher students score on a standardized college entrance exam, the more distance they may put between home and their college choice, a new study shows. A similar link exists between the education level of the student's parents: The more educated the parents, the farther from home their son or daughter tends to venture, the study finds.

The results don't necessarily mean high-scoring students can't wait to get out from under their parents' thumbs. The findings are "less about miles traveled and more about opportunity," says Steve Kappler, an assistant vice president for ACT, the testing company based in Iowa City that released the findings Tuesday.

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