By Molly Daly

By Molly Daly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A non-profit that acts as an off-campus career services and activities center for students at colleges and universities in the Delaware Valley has released the results of a survey of recent college graduates, looking at what factors make them want to stay in the area, or go.

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Campus Philly president Deborah Diamond says the study shows the majority of graduates stick around.

“Sixty-four percent stay immediately afterwards, and years later, because we surveyed students who were up to 10 years out, 61 percent were still in the area,” said Diamond.

Diamond says a lot of elements figure in to that decision — with job prospects, restaurants and nightlife, and public transportation the top three. But another factor really jumps out.

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“Seventy-one percent of students who had a summer internship in Philadelphia stayed in Philadelphia after they graduated, and I think having that live-work experience in Philadelphia is really powerful, and it shows students what a great place this is to live and work, and so, the result is, that they stay.”

And with 73 percent saying they’d recommend the area as a place to live, Diamond says even the ones who move away make great ambassadors for Philly.

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