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UC sees big jump in applications from other states, countries

The University of California’s efforts to attract more out-of-state students for the extra tuition they pay is gaining momentum; a report released Thursday shows very large increases in applications from outside the state and nation.

The number of non-Californians seeking to become UC freshmen for fall 2012 rose 56% from last year to 33,001, the figures show. In contrast, 93,298 in-state students, up 9.8% from last year, applied for freshman entrance to at least one of UC’s nine undergraduate campuses.

Many of the out-of-staters are due to be disappointed.

Last year, UC significantly boosted its enrollment of non-Californians, particularly at UCLA and UC Berkeley, to help its beleaguered financial situation. (Out-of-state students pay about $23,000 more in tuition than in-state students do.) But the UC regents have placed a system-wide cap that allows no more than 10% of all undergraduates to be from outside the state or nation, and even that level has drawn protests from California families who fear their children will be squeezed out.

Freshmen UC applications from students in other states increased nearly 50% to 19,128, while international applications were up 66.4%, to 13,873, the report showed.

-- Larry Gordon

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