SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Getting into the University of California is getting harder for freshmen — unless you’re not from California.

University officials released admissions data Monday showing that just under 70 percent of California freshmen applicants were offered admission for fall 2011. That’s down from 71.7 percent last year and 72.6 percent in 2009.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

The rate of out-of-state students being offered admission jumped to more than 60 percent this year from about 51 percent in 2010 and 44 percent in 2009.

The admission rate also increased for international students applying as freshmen in 2011. The university offered admission to about 64 percent of international freshman applicants, up from around 53 percent in 2010 and 44 percent in 2009.

The university’s interim director of undergraduate admissions, Pamela Burnett, said the increase reflects the UC regents’ recommendation to increase the number of admitted non-California students to counteract the decline in state funding. Students from outside the state pay about $23,000 more annually than in-state students.

“The additional revenue nonresidents bring will help our campuses hire faculty and increase course options for all students,” Burnett said.

The regents’ recommendation also says that no more than 10 percent of the overall incoming freshman class should consist of non-California students. More than 18 percent of admitted freshmen for fall 2011 are not from California, according to university figures.

University officials say they expect the proportion of Californians who ultimately enroll in the nine-campus system will well exceed 90 percent because out-of-state students accept admission offers at a lower rate.

Other California freshmen may be admitted from a waitlist of more than 16,000. Still others placed in a “referral pool” for eligible students not admitted to the campus of their choice may end up attending UC Merced, the system’s newest and least popular campus.

Despite the university’s budget woes, Burnett said the university still admitted about 500 more California applicants than last year — more than 59,000 in total. The university offered admission to a combined total of more than 13,000 out-of-state and international students.

Once again, UCLA was the most competitive of the UC’s nine campuses, with an admission rate of 25.3 percent. UC Berkeley was just behind with a rate of 25.5 percent, including students admitted for spring 2011. The least selective was UC Merced, which admitted 78 percent of freshmen who applied.

The ethnic breakdown of incoming freshmen remained about steady except among Latinos, who represented a greater percentage of admitted freshmen at every campus as the rate of students who failed to report their ethnicity declined.

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Comments (19)
  1. Oh!riley says:

    It’s a shame that we as taxpayers support the UC system and yet have difficulty getting our children in to the top ranked UCs. The UC system should be focusing out getting out of state tuitions when so many residents are eager to attend in state campuses.

  2. Sonny says:

    International + Out-of-state students = more $$$$$

    1. ZZZ says:

      Thank all your parents and grandparents and all those who voted for Prop 13 way back for this and all the Shysters that sit on the U.c. Regents!

  3. proud_bay_man says:

    So long America!

  4. Teresa says:

    We pay taxes to support the UC system and now our own children have a harder time getting in. It’s not fair and not right. They’re raising tuition costs while at the same time they waive tuition completely for students with family incomes under $65,000. Any parent, student would work it out somehow to pay something toward the wonderful educational opportunity at UC. It’s fine and sensible to be more generous and helpful during good times when there is lots of money but everyone should be making a sacrifice during difficult times.

    1. ZZZ says:

      Thank all your parents and grandparents and all those who voted for Prop 13 way back when.

  5. University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau, Provost Breslauer Must Go: clean sweep Cal. leadership (The author who has 35 years’ consulting experience, has taught at University of California Berkeley, where he was able to observe the culture & the way senior management work)

    Cal. Chancellor’s gross over spending, poor decisions: pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures; recruits out of state $50,000 tuition students that displace qualified Californians; Latino enrollment drops while out of state jumps 2010; tuition to Return on Investment (ROI) drops below top 10; NCAA places basketball program on probation.

    Chancellor Birgeneau’s ($500,000 salary) fiscal track record is dismal indeed. He would like to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving him every dollar asked for, & the state legislators do share some responsibility for the financial crisis. But not in the sense he means.

    A competent chancellor would have been on top of identifying inefficiencies & then crafting a plan to fix them. Able oversight by the UC Board of Regents and the legislature would have required him to provide data on inefficiencies and on what steps he was taking to solve them during his 8 year reign. Instead, every year Birgeneau would request a budget increase, the timid regents would agree to it, and the legislature would provide. The hard questions were avoided by all concerned, & the problems just piled up to $150 million of inefficiencies….until there was no money left.

    It’s not that Birgeneau was unaware that there were, in fact, waste & inefficiencies during his 8 year reign. Faculty & staff raised issues with Birgeneau & Breslauer ($400,000 salary), but when they failed to see relevant action taken, they stopped. Finally, Birgeneau engaged some expensive ($3,000,000) consultants to tell him & the Provost what they should have known as leaders or been able to find out from the bright, engaged people. (Prominent east-coast University accomplishing same at 0 costs)

    Cal. has been badly damaged. Good people are loosing their jobs. Cal’s leadership is either incompetent or culpable. Merely cutting out inefficiencies does not have the effect desired. But you never want a crisis to go to waste.

    Increasing Cal’s budget is not enough. Take aim at the real source of Cal’s fiscal, & leadership crisis; honorably retire Chancellor Birgeneau, Provost Breslauer.

    1. Martha K says:

      Latino percentage actually went up – apparently because more kids are actually stating what they consider their ethnic breakdown to be.

      I understand the reasoning behind the switch, I simply think it is unfair to our kids.

      Education is the only real promise we make to all American children equally, because of our POOR choices in this state, we are taking the promise of America from our own children and in the long run, that lack of foresight hurts California ad America. These are kids who are qualified to enter university, and we say “no” because of money. They worked their way through poor high schools, past shifting priorities and over the obstacles in their path. They have proven their worth, and still we say “we don’t need you”. But we do.

      1. Latino enrollment…check Matt Krupnick’s article Contra Costa Times 2010 enrollment…latino enrollment fell while out of stste jumped.
        We don’t need the leadership of UC Chancellor Birgeneau who spends $3,000,000 not to do the work of his job and the work of his vice-chancellors.
        $3,000,000 can go a long way for students and faculty,

      2. Chancellor Birgeneau says no to Californians and latino’s because he prefers $50,000 out of state tuition students It is not all about money —it is about inept leadership of Chancellor Birgeneau.
        UC Berkeley needs to slim down and align with California’s ability to pay.

  6. Milan Moravec says:

    UC Berkeley left reeling after disclosures. Californians pay toward University of California (UC) costs: the UC 10 campus system is not untouchable. As Californians face foreclosure, unemployment & depressed wages it’s time the timid Governor, UC Board of Regents, whining President showed leadership by curbing costs, particularly wages, benefits. As a Californian, I don’t care what others earn at private, public universities. If wages are better elsewhere, chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured, non tenured faculty, UCOP should apply for the positions. If wages keep employees committed to UC, leave for the better paying job. The sky above UC will not fall. California suffers from the worst deficit in modern times. UC wages, benefits must reflect California’s ability to pay, not what others are paid elsewhere. Campus chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured & non-tenured faculty, UCOP are replaceable by more talented individuals.
    Curb UC tuition increases:
    No furloughs
    18 percent reduction in UCOP salaries & $50 million cut.
    18 percent prune of campus chancellors’, vice chancellors’ salaries.
    15 percent trim of tenured faculty salaries, increased teaching load
    10 percent decrease in non-tenured faculty salaries, as well as increase research, teaching load
    100% elimination of all Academic Senate, Academic Council costs, wages.

    A rose bush blooms after pruning.

    The Governor, UC Board of Regents, whining President can bridge the trust gap to the public by offering reassurances that salaries reflect depressed wages in California. The sky above UC has not, will not fall.

    Californians are reasonable people. Levy no new taxes until an approved balanced budget: let the Governor/Legislature lead: make the tough-minded (not cold hearted) decisions of elected leadership. Afterwards come to the public for specified, continuing or new taxes.

    Thanking you in advance for your partnership & for standing up for Californians, University of California system.

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