I go to a very fun school with fairly strong academics in VA called JMU. (james madison university) Now, you'd think that because it's not known on a national level like UVA for example, it would be mostly VA residents. It's just a VA state school with a good reputation within the state. It seems like half of the people here are from out of state. While it seems like the largest contributer (outside of VA) is from Long-Island, NY, which is about 6 hours away, we get alot of people from places farther away, such as Connecticut, Mass, etc, and from places much farther away such as Texas, Washington, California etc. Why do people come across the country (or in some cases the world) to go to specific schools, when they don't really offer anything special necesarily over closer schools?