Berkeley Ups Admission of Non-Californians

April 15, 2010

The University of California has significantly increased the share of its undergraduate class admitted from outside California. The university has just offered admission to 12,915 applicants, only about 50 short of last year's total. But while 11,200 of last year's admits were Californians, only 9,420 of this year's admits were from the state. University officials have been frank about wanting more out-of-state students in part for the revenue they bring. A statement from the university said: "The campus increased the number of enrollment offers to international students and out-of-state students as part of an effort to generate additional funds during this time of budget deficits. Since they are not California residents, these students must fund the full cost of their non-resident tuition in addition to what California-resident students pay. Nonresident students pay three times as much in tuition and fees as students from California. The additional nonresident funds will help UC Berkeley maintain academic excellence for all students."

But perhaps worried that this message might not please every newly admitted student (not to mention those who were rejected, and legislators) the statement went on to quote Walter Robinson, assistant vice chancellor and director of undergraduate admissions, as saying of the out-of-staters: "They are all outstanding students and their diversity of experiences and perspectives will further enrich the university experience for the entire student population.”

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