UC San Diego Saw Sharpest Increase In Out-Of-State Students
Monday, April 4, 2016
By Megan Burks
Aired 4/4/16 on KPBS News
A state audit says the University of California has been
admitting more students from out of state as its in-state admissions
dropped. Of the campuses offering fewer spots to Californians, UC San
Diego had the sharpest increase in out-of-state students.
State Audit On UC Enrollment Download
Christopher Yanov of Reality Changers
has been working to get San Diego students with low socio-economic
backgrounds into college over the past five years. This March brought
him a first.
A student with a 5.0 grade point average and good SAT scores received
rejection letters from all four of the University of California
campuses to which he applied, Yanov said.
"What else does somebody have to do besides have a 5.0 GPA, a good
story, and a lot of community involvement?" Yanov said. "That's a tough
message to have to deliver — that he couldn't have done anything else."
The four UC campuses where the student applied — San Diego, Los
Angeles, Santa Barbara and Berkeley — are behind an admissions trend
that caught the attention of the state auditor
last month. In a scathing report released Tuesday, she said the
University of California has been admitting more students from out of
state as its in-state admissions dropped.
Those campuses are the only ones to recruit more out-of-staters while offering fewer spots to Californians.
UC San Diego had the sharpest increase in out-of-state students,
climbing 126 percent between 2010 and 2015. It cut in-state freshman
admissions by nearly 3,000 students in that time, and added about 3,600
out-of-state students, according to the audit.
State Auditor Elaine Howle argues more out-of-state students, who pay
about three times what resident students pay, should have meant funding
for more Californians, not fewer. And she suggests students coming from
other states aren't as qualified as locals, because they aren't held to
the same admissions standards...