SAN JOSE (KCBS)— Many would-be San Jose State students can breathe a sigh of relief now that the university has backed off plans to end its preferential admission policy for Santa Clara County applicants.

The “local-area guarantee” means any high school or community college student in the South Bay who meets the Cal State University minimum requirements can get into San Jose State.

University leaders debated backing away from the guarantee in the face of state cuts and a surge in applications.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

San Jose State Spokesperson Pat Harris said the guarantee will remain for the coming fall semester, but after that she said changes could be necessary.

“One of the options would be to close all or some of our spring 2013 admissions,” she said.

Many current students are cheering the decision stressing that a lot of their friends are local and would like to attend, but that it’s hard to get in because of a lack of room.

San Jose State is going through a nearly $60 million cut in state funding this academic year.

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  1. Milan Moravec says:

    Senior management snobs and their administrators at University of California Berkeley deny admission to qualified Californians. UC Berkeley (UCB) pulls back access and affordability to instate Californians. Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau displaces Californians qualified for public Cal. with a $50,600 payment from born abroad foreign and out of state affluent students. And, foreign and out of state tuition is subsidized in the guise of diversity while instate tuition/fees are doubled.

    UCB is not increasing enrollment. Birgeneau accepts $50,600 foreign students and displaces qualified instate Californians (When depreciation of Calif. funded assets are included (as they should be), out of state and foreign tuition is more than $100,000 + and does NOT subsidize instate tuition). Like Coaches, Chancellors Who Do Not Measure-Up Must Go.

    More recently, Chancellor Birgeneau’s campus police deployed violent baton jabs on Cal. students protesting Birgeneau’s tuition increases. The sky will not fall when Birgeneau and his $450,000 salary are ousted. Opinions make a difference; email UC Board of Regents