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Why Do Females Choose Colleges Close to Home?

Question: Why do females tend to stay closer to home than males do when picking a college?

Do females stay closer to home than males? Maybe so, but that's a stat I've never seen. In fact, when I do a mental inventory of my own high school classmates and their college choices, harking back nearly four decades ago, the results don't support this conclusion. The two who journeyed farthest (to California, from our Philadelphia home turf) were both female. Conversely, more men than women went to the University of Pennsylvania close by, and the rest of the choices--near and far--were pretty evenly balanced between the genders.

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