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More high-GPA students applying to local college

BLUEFIELD, W. Va (WVVA)-- State leaders have seen West Virginia high school graduates leave in the fall to attend out-of-state schools, and not return home to work after they earn their degrees.

But a new trend local college admissions officials are noticing could change that, and keep graduates in-state.

An admissions official at Bluefield State College tells WVVA their incoming freshman class has a higher average GPA than in years past. The previous year, it sat around 3.1, but now, it's up to 3.4.

He says this could be a result of soaring college tuition prices-- high-achievers now fear the sticker prices of out-of-state schools and instead, look in their own backyards for opportunities to excel.

"There's still a need for nurses, there's still a need for radiology, there's still a need for engineering [in this area]," said Bluefield State College's Vice President of Student Affairs, John Cardwell.

"Teaching is making a jump because of all the retirements. And the nice thing about west Virginia students is they're homebodies. And this is a good thing. Because they want to give back to the community."
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