OAKLAND (CBS/AP) – The University of California is reporting a big jump in the percentage of out-of-state students who have been admitted for undergraduate study.

University officials said Tuesday they’ve admitted a record 80,289 freshmen to start college at the public system’s nine undergraduate campuses this fall.

More than 23 percent of those admitted were out-of-state and international students, who pay nearly three times more than California residents to attend UC.

That is a big jump from last fall, when 18 percent of admitted students were from out of state. And it’s almost double the percentage who were admitted in fall 2009.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

UC says the increase shows that competition keeps getting stiffer for California residents. Overall, the admission rate for them dropped from 69.7 percent last year to 65.8 percent for this year.

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