PHOENIX (AP) – Californians, including many turned away by public universities in their own state, are flocking to four-year state and private universities in neighboring Arizona.

According to Department of Education data, four of the top five schools where California freshmen go out of state are in Arizona.

The Arizona Republic reported earlier this month that Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University each enrolled more than 1,000 first-time freshmen from California this year.

By contrast, the number of first-time freshmen from Arizona who enrolled in the University of California system or California State University schools is less than 300.

ASU has 10 recruiters based throughout California. UA has three, full-time California recruiters in San Diego, Orange County and Northern California.

NAU holds orientation sessions in Anaheim, California and San Diego.