The Chronicle of Higher Education

Rural Colleges Make the Most of ‘Off the Beaten Path’ Locations

September 26, 2018

Promoting distinctive programs is one way that rural colleges are attracting students and faculty members at a time when the number of high-school graduates is falling, particularly in the Upper Midwest and Northeast. Much of New England, along with Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, face projected declines of 5 percent or more from the 2012-13 to the 2025-26 academic years, according to the U.S. Education Department.  Getting people from urban and suburban areas to consider a rural college can be challenging. Many have preconceived notions about rural America, and they don’t want to give up the conveniences — or culture — of city life

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