Many in-state colleges and universities are accepting fewer in-state applicants into their freshman classes. Why?
The Wall Street Journal has a short video that gives the example of a California high school valedictorian with top Advanced Placement scores and an overall impressive resume (quarterback for his football team). This student was rejected at two public schools in his home state — UC Berkeley and UCLA. But he was accepted to an Ivy League University.
In many public universities and colleges in-state enrollment is declining and out-of-state enrollment is increasing.
To make up for budget shortfalls, state schools are actively seeking out-of-state and international students who will pay higher tuition than in-state students. In some states, limitations on out-of-state students place restrictions on an institution’s desire for higher revenues. Last time I checked, out-of-state students allowed in the UC system are capped at 10%.
California presents a particular challenge for many students because “residents must adhere to very specific requirements to gain admission” to the University of California system”. UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC Irvine are considered the most selective public schools in that state, but it surprises me that the student featured in the video did not get in.