STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • 71% say state reproductive healthcare policies impact college choice
  • 80% of all current/prospective students prefer states with greater access
  • 86% of Democrats and 63% of Republicans prefer states with greater access

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Seventy-one percent of currently enrolled and prospective college students say that states’ reproductive healthcare policies are at least somewhat important in their enrollment decisions. This is up slightly from 67% who said the same in late 2022. An even greater increase in the relevance of this issue to prospective and current students is also seen among those indicating these policies are highly important in their enrollment decisions (38% compared with 30% in 2022).

Both surveys were conducted after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on abortion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on June 24, 2022.

The latest results are from the Lumina Foundation-Gallup 2024 State of Higher Education Study, conducted Oct. 9-Nov. 16, 2023, via a web survey with 14,032 current and prospective college students. This includes 6,015 students enrolled in a post-high school education program (certificate, associate or bachelor’s degree), 5,012 adults not currently enrolled with some college but no degree, and 3,005 adults who have never been enrolled in a postsecondary school or program. […]

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