Amid virus, US students look to colleges closer to home

As students across the U.S. make college plans for this fall, some universities are seeing surging interest from students in their states looking to stay close to home amid the coronavirus pandemic. At Ohio State University, commitments from state residents are up 20% over last fall. Colleges and admissions counselors credit the uptick to a range of factors tied to the pandemic. Students want to be closer to home in case an outbreak again forces classes online. Some are choosing nearby schools where they’re charged lower rates as state residents. The result, some schools say, is that campuses will feel more local if they’re allowed to reopen this fall.