From AGI Geocurrent Magazine a survey that shows that undergraduate geology department in the U.S. recruit slightly more local students than other departments.
Percentage of students with Bachelors Degrees that graduated from High Schools in the same region (2003)
Any ideas about this pattern of recruitment? Could the difference be attributable to those high school students who got interested in geology by observing the rocks /fossils/ features around them and wanted to take advantage of local expertise to further their interests? Geology perhaps more than other fields does lend itself to such a regional influence although it would be interesting to see if this effect disappears at the graduate level. And what about the variations across country in the pattern?
There are geobloggers and readers with far greater experience in dealing with student enrollment patterns in the U.S. than me , so I am hoping to hear from them.