July 1, 2011
The University of California will be expecting more out-of-state students for fall 2011.
According to UC Newsroom, nonresident students across all UC campuses represent 13.9 percent of all Statements of Intent to Register (SIRs). This is up from 10.7 percent in fall 2010. The Los Angeles Times reported that the biggest increases of non-California students will be concentrated at three campuses, perhaps because they are the universities most widely known outside of the state. UC Berkeley will have the highest proportion, with nearly 30 percent of its fall freshman class consisting of out-of-state and international students. That is up from 23 percent last fall. About 18 percent of the freshman class at UC San Diego and UCLA will be non-California residents.
The Daily Californian reported that the new crop of out-of-state students will add diversity to the campus.
"This school year, our new out-of-state and international freshman students will come from more than 50 U.S. states and territories and 55 countries, bringing diversity and perspectives from across the world," said Walter Robinson, assistant vice chancellor and director of undergraduate enrollment, in a statement.
Last year, when a UC commission recommended increasing the percentage of non-California residents to cope with budget cuts, many were worried that in-state students would suffer. UC Newsroom reported that that was not the case as California enrollment remained stable.
"Demand from highly qualified and diverse California residents is stronger than ever," said Yudof. "At the same time, several campuses have made progress in their goal to enroll a larger number of nonresident students."
Indeed, of the 39,989 freshmen SIRs submitted for fall 2011, 88 percent were California residents. Additionally, UC received 20,062 SIRs from transfer students, 88 percent of which were from California community colleges.
According to the Los Angeles Times, UC regents set a goal of capping out-of-state enrollment at 10 percent systemwide, which is far less than at other public universities. UC system's interim director of undergraduate admissions Pamela Burnett said currently, about six percent of undergraduates are nonresidents and that it will take several years for UC to reach 10 percent.
Nonresident students provide much needed funding for UC, particularly now as another funding cut was recently approved. As SFGate noted, students from outside of California pay nearly three times the tuition of in-state students--$35,000 versus $12,000 a year. This year, nonresidents are expected to bring in $80 million.
UC Berkeley will remain the most aggressive campus when it comes to admitting out-of-state students. Chancellor Robert Birgeneau said he wants 20 percent of all undergraduates to be nonresidents. However, the university will still hold its number of in-state undergraduates at about 21,000.
Compiled by Heidi M. Agustin
"Admissions data shows increase in out-of-state students on campus," dailycal.org, June 30, 2011, Allie Bidwell
"Admissions outcome data show strong demand," universityofcalifornia.edu, June 30, 2011
"UC Berkeley out-of-state student enrollment soars," sfgate.com, July 1, 2011, Nanette Asimov
"University of California enrolls more out-of-state freshmen," LATimes.com, July 1, 2011, Larry Gordon