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Pennsylvania has the highest percentage of men's soccer players who stayed in-state to play college soccer, while West Virginia leads the way on the women's side. The data takes into account all current soccer players at NCAA D-1, D-2, D-3, or NAIA schools.
Many factors play in to the decision to remain in-state or travel out of state, a primary one being the availability of opportunities within a given state. A map of where college programs are located gives insight into which states have the most soccer programs to begin with.
Along with the number of opportunities in-state, another major factor impacting the decision for many athletes is the out-of-state vs. in-state tuition costs. Our HS Athlete College Guide provides the tuition costs (in-state and out-of-state) for all 1,033 men's soccer programs and 1,231 women's soccer programs. It also includes the number of athletic scholarship limits imposed by the NCAA or NAIA for each school, and calculates the average athletic scholarship money that a player on any given roster can expect to receive.
The differences between in-state and out-of-state are drastic in some cases - take, for example, University of Montana, where in-state tuition with room/board is $19,100 while out-of-state is almost double at $36,000.
The ability of college coaches to spend their recruiting budget dollars on traveling also plays into the in-state numbers. Many coaching staffs make a concerted effort to recruit locally to strengthen local pipelines, and to save money in their recruiting budget. The HS Athlete College Guide lists every college team that has players from your state (and who those players are), so that you can learn which college coaching staffs are most likely to recruit your area, or which college programs don't currently have recruiting pipelines in your state.MaxPreps is teaming up with Lateral Sports to share college
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