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Report: Mississippi universities contribute to brain drain at different rates

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Earlier this week, State Auditor Shad White dove into which public universities in Mississippi contribute most to the state’s “brain drain.”

White’s report found that graduates from smaller schools like UMMC and Mississippi University for Women were more likely to stay in-state and work than graduates from larger schools such as Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

Here’s the full list with percentages of graduates who worked in Mississippi three years after completing their degree. This list does not include out-of-state students.

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Chart courtesy of the State Auditor of Mississippi

Overall, only 50 percent of Mississippi’s public university graduates chose to work in the state three years after leaving college as the state has lost over 60,000 millennials since the 2010 census.

State Auditor looks to curb Mississippi’s brain drain

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