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More nonresident students going to UC campuses



SAN FRANCISCO >> The University of California’s campaign to recruit more high-paying nonresident students appears to be paying off.

New data released Thursday showed big jumps in out-of-state and international students who intend to enroll at UC’s nine undergraduate campuses this fall.

The number of out-of-staters among incoming freshman and transfer students rose 58 percent to 2,613, while the number of international students increased 25 percent to 5,723. The number of incoming students from California dipped slightly to 51,715. 

Nonresident students will make up 13.9 percent of incoming freshmen and transfer students this fall, up from 10.7 percent last year and 9.2 percent two years ago. 

The most selective campuses will see the biggest increases in out-of-state and international students. Nonresidents will make up about 30 percent of incoming freshman at UC Berkeley, 18 percent at UCLA and 18 percent at UC San Diego. 

Increasing nonresident enrollment is part of UC’s efforts to cope with deep cuts in state support. On Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that will reduce state funding of UC by $650 million in 2011-2012, about 20 percent less than 2010-2011.

A UC commission recently recommended that the university system increase enrollment of nonresident students to as much as 10 percent of all undergraduates. Nonresidents pay about $34,000 in annual tuition, compared with about $12,000 for California residents.

Currently less than 6 percent of all UC undergraduates are nonresidents. Officials expect that number to remain below 10 percent for the foreseeable future.

UC officials say students from other states and countries increase campus diversity and generate additional revenue for the cash-strapped system. They also say UC enrolls a far lower percentage of nonresident students than comparable public institutions such as the University of Michigan or the University of Virginia.

But critics say nonresidents are taking up seats that should go to California students, who are applying to UC in record numbers.

The new enrollment data show the incoming class of California freshmen will be 41 percent Asian, 26 percent Latino, 26 percent white, 4 percent black and less than 1 percent Native American. Another 2 percent did not provide their ethnicity.



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